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Video: Does Senators' Matt Carkner Flick Blood at Rangers Bench?

Dec 10, 2010 – 3:15 AM
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Kevin Schultz

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Thursday night, the New York Rangers traveled to Ottawa to face the Senators and thanks to some odd actions from Ottawa's Matt Carkner we may have a Colin Campbell Wheel of Justice spin coming in the near future. Towards the end of the first period Carkner got into a fight with Rangers tough guy Derek Boogaard. Carkner got cut open and was bleeding from the fight. Linesmen separated the pair and as Carkner skated away, he appeared to flick blood towards the Rangers bench.

There's not really much doubt in the video that he wiped his face and made a flicking motion towards the Rangers bench. Whether or not Carkner intended to flick blood at the opposing team or was simply making the motion of doing so as some kind of weird intimidation threat is certainly up for interpretation. (He did receive a 10-minute misconduct for his antics.) What's clear is that this is, at least in recent memory, an unprecedented action from one of the league's tough guys.

What isn't all that unprecedented is one of the league's tough guys doing something a little off-center. So far this season we have had a throat slash gesture from Nick Boynton, James Wisniewski's, um, censored action and Rick Rypien grabbing a fan in Minnesota. It's certainly been a banner year for odd on-ice gestures and unique suspendable incidents.
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