- Pierre LeBrun, NHL
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jarret Stoll's controversial hit on Ian White was a popular topic in the aftermath of San Jose's thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Los Angeles in their first-round opener Thursday night.
Stoll hit White from behind into the end boards in the second period, knocking the dazed Sharks blueliner out of the game. There was no penalty on the play, but replays showed there likely should have been a boarding call.
"I don't like it," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said of the hit. "I didn't like it the first time around, and I don't like it on the replay."
The NHL's head office in Toronto was reviewing the play.
"They should," Boyle said. "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 he didn't expect a suspension since there wasn't a penalty on the play.
"He was a little low there," Stoll said of White. "I don't know what he was doing, if he was reaching for a puck or what. He was right against the boards, too, and he was a little low. I just finished my check on him, and it ended up pretty bad for him. I hope he's all right. You hate to see a guy get hurt, regular season or playoffs. I definitely wasn't trying to hurt him."
Sharks coach Todd McLellan was especially upset there was no penalty on the play.
"We saw a really good angle," he said. "The good news for us is that the league is looking at these type of things; they take it very seriously. And it will be dealt with. The bad news is we lost a very good defenseman that we count on. The rest of it is unfortunate because Jarret Stoll is a hell of a player. He ended up taking 20-25 faceoffs tonight and played 23 minutes. And we had to play with five defensemen. It's disappointing that it was missed on the ice, but it's in somebody else's hands, and we know it's a serious thing the league is looking at."
Stoll isn't a dirty player but that's the kind of play involving a head shot that the NHL is trying to weed out, so he faces at least a fine if not a suspension.
White, meanwhile, is obviously questionable for Game 2.
"We'll see how he is in the morning. He's not feeling real good," McLellan said.