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by: JamieD On  Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This punch will likely be debated by hockey fans for the next couple of days.

Following the final buzzer to end the first period of last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes, things got heated in front of the Canes’ bench after the Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski took a run at a Carolina player.

As players from both teams exchanged face-washes, Tim Gleason and Nikolai Kulemin separated themselves from the pile and began throwing punches with their gloves still on.  It was at that moment that Gleason dropped his gloves and connected with a stiff right to the face of the Leafs’ forward, knocking him to the ice in pain.  Kulemin got up clutching his face and headed off the ice, running into the boards blindly on the way (0:52 mark).

That leaves us with just one question:  Was it a cheap shot?  We’ll let you be the judge of that.




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