Jarret Stoll had an up and down Saturday night. For starters, he scored his first goal of the season, tying the game 2-2 in the first period. Later, he put a hit on Cam Fowler that resulted in the Ducks’ defenseman missing the remainder of the game. Although the NHL has decided no further discipline is needed, it will still likely be used as one of the sub-stories heading into the Kings-Ducks re-match later this month.
Following LA’s 7-4 loss last night in Anaheim, here’s what Stoll had to say…
– On his goal (video below): “We didn’t win though, so it doesn’t really matter I don’t think. We have to put together a game, a good team game where you can win and get points. Not give them away like we did. I mean, they made some good plays on a couple of their goals. But, we have to be a lot tighter, a lot better in our zone, we have to be a lot better below the puck, and our penalty kill could be a lot better too.”
– On the Fowler hit (separate video below): “I haven’t seen the replay. I was just trying to carry him in and not go full bore at him. So, I tried my best to do that, so we’ll see what happens…I didn’t want to push him in, so that’s why I grabbed the jersey a little bit.”
– On missing Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene on the PK: “The other guys have stepped up and have done a great job. It’s just, collectively as a four man group out there – a five man group including the goaltender – we’re not doing the job and trusting reads and trusting who’s going, who’s not going, clearing pucks. I made a couple of mistakes there on the PK. I think that cost us the goal there on the one. But, collectively, we have to be better; doesn’t matter who is in the line-up. Everyone has injuries and we’re no different.”
UPDATE 2/3/2013 at 11:30am: What does Jim Fox think of the hit? We caught up with him this morning and he offered the following perspective…
“Due to the head injury, it should be, and I assume was, reviewed by the league. The violent nature of the contact is an issue – BUT, Fowler made a move at the very last second. He tried to stop, which led as much to him ‘loosing balance’ and was a big factor regarding how he was driven into the boards. This was very apparent when viewing the replay. For that reason, less fault goes to the hitter because Fowler’s move was sudden and immediately before contact. So, I agree with the review, but also agree that no further action should have been taken.”
STOLL GOAL, TIES THE GAME 2-2:
STOLL PUTS A HIT ON FOWLER:
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Eva Marie Alonzo says
Love Stoll’s attitude – own up and no blame game. As for Fowler – scary but will be fine. Stolley watch your back. 🙂
So weird that Brian Hayward thought it was clearly a cheap shot.
Drake-EVERY hit by the Kings is a cheap shot. They see it no other way.
Is it wrong that I love seeing Nolan scrap vs Allen? Even on his back, he’s still punching the dude LOL.
Also, maybe it’s just me, but I dare say that Stoll was trying NOT to board Fowler and dare I say, by bracing his right arm against the board he probably actually saved Fowler from a good deal more of the momentum that he (Stoll) had at the moment. Maybe it’s just me but that’s what I thought it looked like.
Jim Fox : “Fowler made a move at the very last second. He tried to stop”
Since when is stopping considered a move? Was he supposed to keep skating straight into the boards? Stoll should have known he was going to stop…its common sense. And this article doesn’t mention that the whistle had already gone right before the hit.