Mike Green says he didn't elbow Frolik
When Alan May took on the Canadian media for its coverage of the Mike Green hit earlier this week, the focus was on this notion of bias, and whether May was insane.
The focus was decidedly not on the specifics of May's complaint: that TSN showed just one angle of Green's hit on Michael Frolik, an angle that made the hit look more vicious than it actually was.
One TSN host called it "one of the worst elbows we've seen this year," while May was saying "the only angles they showed of the Mike Green hit were very poor angles that looked like it was a bad hit."
Well, here is another angle. And while I'm no elbow expert, this makes it appear that Green made contact with his shoulder and not his elbow, although it's very very tough to tell. Green said as much in a Friday interview with CSN's Lisa Hillary.
"I didn't feel like it was intentional by my part, and at the same time i didn't think that I elbowed him and I still [don't]," Green said. "I agree with what their concern was, the way i came across with my arms up, but the direct contact with his head was made by my shoulder. And I've made that hit before, so I'm not gonna change the way I play. I'm obviously more conscious of coming across, but it's behind me now."
"I'm exactly with Mike Green," May said during Hillary's piece, knowing full well that a lot of people called him a lot of names during the week. "I don't think he hit him in the head with his elbow, and I don't think he should have been suspended. i thought it was absolutely unfair, and i thought the Canadian media were out to get him, or maybe not out to get him, but I thought they made the call and not the league office at first."
You be the judge I guess. I got the best screengrab I could from the replay; while it's blurry and unclear, you can make out Green's glove and Frolik's helmet. Certainly makes it look like the elbow would have had to be at an odd angle to make contact with the jaw, but it's just not possible to tell.
Whatever you decide, I think most people would agree that the one angle shown by TSN was absolutely the worst-looking angle of the three or four that are out there.
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