Stoll elbowed San Jose Sharks defenseman Ian White with 25 seconds left in the first period, a hit that sent White's head off the glass and left him wobbly. White, who had a bloody nose, was assisted to the locker room by the Sharks' medical staff, likely to a dark, quiet room mandated by new concussion guidelines.
Here's a look at the hit:
Stoll was not called for a penalty on the collision, although that may not be the end of it.
"I don't like it," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. "I didn't like it the first time around, and I don't like it on the replay."
LeBrun reports league officials in Toronto were reviewing the play.
"They should," said Boyle. "I don't know that Stoll is that kind of a guy but that's exactly what we're talking about and trying to eliminate (from the game). The guy's head is this far from the boards and you drive your forearm and elbow in there? That's what they're trying to get rid of. I didn't like it."
Stoll said there was no intent to injury on the play, The Associated Press reports.
"I hope he's all right," Stoll said. "You hate to see a guy get hurt in the regular season or playoffs and I definitely wasn't trying to hurt him. ... There wasn't a penalty on the call so I'm not expecting anything."
Beside the video evidence, it doesn't help things that Kings coach Terry Murray all but predicted a bruising game earlier in the day. Here's what Murray said after the morning skate via Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider:
“We know it’s going to be a real revved-up series, a real hard series. Everything I read, from the San Jose players talking, it’s going to be a bit of a gong show, with fighting. I’m reading about Clowe’s bloody nose and Ben Eager all over the place and Mayers fighting. So we’re going to gear ourselves up for that kind of a game. We’ll keep Westgarth in the lineup. That’s the way they’re setting it up, so we’re going to be ready to battle.”
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