Scott Walker Sucker Punches Aaron Ward
Total Pro Sports – The Carolina Hurricanes were unable to deliver the knockout blow to the Boston Bruins last night in game 5 of their best-of-seven series, but the Canes’ Scott Walker did delivered a bruising shot of his own. With the game already decided, Walker was looking to set the tone for next game, and it looks like he felt the face of Bruins’ Aaron Ward was a good place to start.
With the game out of reach following a Milan Lucic goal in the third to make it 4-0 in favor of Boston, the rough stuff began. First, Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart beat up on Tim Conboy in a fight. Then in front of the Boston net, Scott Walker came face to face with Aaron Ward and before Ward could even say “hi”, Walker had his gloves off and his fist implanted in the face of the Bruin D-man. This is expected to get reviewed by the league and will likely receive a suspension, at least I couldn’t imagine this being deemed acceptable. I mean, talk about head shots.
Team doctors believe that Aaron Ward has likely suffered a broken orbital bone. Following the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien had the following to say about the punch:
“Something like that is not what you want to see, your player put in that position. Hopefully the people in charge will see that play and decide what they want to do about it.” [TSN.ca]
Julien was also upset over a slash to the ankle of his star defenseman Zdeno Chara from Canes’ forward Jussi Jokinen that forced the big man to leave the game in the second. Chara did however return to the ice in the third.
The Bruins now find themselves with some life and as the series gets rougher, they may begin to find their comfort level, being known as a large and bruising team. Whether Walker is suspended or not remains up in the air, but you can expect him to pay some price for hit sucker punch. If its not from the league, then it may be from the Bruins.