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Sheldon Souray’s Wrist Brace of Terror

  • The Montreal Canadiens fell 3-2 to the Calgary Flames in the first game of their long road trip.

    The Canadiens came out strong and took the lead with a powerplay goal. The Canadiens powerplay is on fire lately which for whatever reason is not a common thing for the Habs.

    Without a doubt the turning point of the game came when Sheldon Souray and Darren McCarty dropped the gloves and engaged in fisticuffs. Right off the bat it was a clean start with both players shedding the gloves and dancing around a few seconds before getting in there. As unbiased as I can be, Sheldon Souray destroyed McCarty and specifically one left connected right above his eye and busted him open spilling blood everywhere. The fight went on and to his credit, McCarty got in a couple before it was over but he was clearly a bloody mess and Souray’s helmet and jersey were spattered with Flames blood. Souray then shared a few words face to face with McCarty as they were seperating – I’m extremely curious to know what he said.

    sheldon souray fight

    What a great boost right? The team will surely be pumped after Souray’s show. Wrong.

    Sheldon Souray was then assesed a 5 minute match penalty and kicked out of the game. Why? Instigating? “Pulling hair” ? The fight was clean and a mutual engagement. It was baffling to say the least and also meant the Habs defence already without Andrei Markov, now dropped another important player.

    “Initially, it was thought Souray was assessed the match penalty because during the fight his elbow made contact with McCarty’s face and there was one point, briefly, where it looked as though Souray’s fingers may have gone into McCarty’s eye.

    But, in fact, the match was assessed automatically when the officials noted Souray’s wrist brace, which he wears for his surgically-repaired wrist. When a player is cut, like McCarty was, and the officials note the presence of any foreign material in the hand area, the match penalty is automatically assessed.”

    I’ve never seen this penalty called before. I guess by the book it has to be called but give me a break, Souray’s wrist brace? That’s what inflicted the damage to McCarty? That warrants a 5 minute penalty and expulsion? I guess Sheldon won’t be dropping the gloves anymore, or maybe he’ll just have to refrain from turning the other guys face into pulp.

    Needless to say, the Canadiens took another penalty and then gave up a goal down 5-3. Despite a late goal by Kovalev they couldn’t come back even with Radek Bonk pulling some moves out of nowhere and streaking in on Kiprusoff.

    Souray will be in the lineup Saturday against Vancouver.

  1. #1 SaskHab says:
    January 20, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Well, the game last night was filled with interesting little incidences and extended periods of uninspired play, but one theme that seems to be an ever-more consistent trait of the Montreal Canadiens remained. It was the inexcusable fact that we had all of 18 shots in 60 minutes of play against an elite goaltender in the NHL. Sure, some might say that Calgary’s defense is mostly responsible since it has allowed the second fewest goals against. Also, the Flames have scored the third fewest goals of any NHL team and still lead their incredibly competitive division. These are valid points, but still does not excuse the kind of effort and plan of attack utilized by Montreal. Our relative lack of skill leads me to believe that there is only one way to produce offensively. Throw the puck and players at the net and see what happens. Sure the first period was mostly a special teams session but we hardly looked like a team giving 100% up until five minutes to go in the game. Regardless, the rest of this season will be excruciatingly long if we don’t adjust our philosophy according to the personnel on our squad.

  2. Well, I wasn’t aware of the rule, but if I was a player in the league wearing a brace, I would’ve been.

    It was still a great fight, but I hope Souray doesn’t do that again; at least as a Hab.

    I want to see more Habs near the opposing nets. It should result in more PP’s; which as you said, is having more success.

  3. #3 theo sucks says:
    January 21, 2006 at 10:40 am

    his brace is a soft brace there is no hard support near the knuckles only on the wrist part. I still bet that is there wasnt any blood there would be no penalty called. The brace did not cut mcarty sourays knuckles did.

  4. #4 Kyle says:
    May 27, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    That fight was so awesome that it was bloodieful.

  5. #5 Kyle says:
    May 27, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Mcarty should have known not to face Souray and for doing that he got some blood to go with a black eye.

    to Matt.m who is a Flames fan who I feel sorry for………………….. NOT

  6. #6 Go Huet! says:
    August 3, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    It’s been so long that fight was but i still have to say that is was pretty good! Come on reffs just that stupid excuse for a 5 MINUTE PENALTY for a hit with a brace that Souray needs…

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