7:32 into the third period last night, Brendan Smith and Mark Borowiecki came together and Borowecki ended up going into the boards and staying on the ice before being helped off.
Smith was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the play.
After viewing replays, Joe Micheletti said that he did not believe that Smith deserved the major penalty and misconduct, let alone any penalty at all. (MSG)
On the MSG post game show, Dave Maloney agreed with Joe in saying "no, absolutely not" when asked if Smith deserved the penalties he was given. (MSG)
Smith said that he felt the penalty was "a bit harsh" and that the two made eye contact and "he was expecting to get hit."
Smith said that it was a the type of play that happens "all the time" and the outcome was "unfortunate.' (Newsday)
After the game, Alain Vigneault said that it looked like more of "an unfortunate hockey accident than anything else."
Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said that Borowiecki was initially unconscious on the ice and suffered a concussion. (Ottawa Sun)
Boucher added "that's a hit, the guy doesn't have the puck, that is one of the most dangerous hits you can make in a hockey game." (Sportsnet)
Mats Zuccarello said after the game on MSG, "I haven't seen it 100% but I feel like it's unfortunate. I don't think Smitty tries to do that. From where I am it seemed like a shoulder to shoulder and maybe he wasn't expecting a hit right there. I don't think he did it on purpose for sure."