Lessard Hit Rankles

The Senators were still steamed on Friday about the five-minute major and game misconduct Francis Lessard was given for charging in Thursday’s game against the Panthers.

Lessard levelled centre Scott Timmins, who suffered a mild concussion.

Ottawa coach Cory Clouston thought it was a clean hit but was penalized in the aftermath of the Zdeno Chara’s hit on Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty.

“It’s tough when it goes against, you because it can cause a loss or have an affect on the outcome of a hockey game,” said Clouston.

“Fortunately for us we did a good job on the penalty kill.”

Lessard looked at it philosophically.

“I thought it was a good check, they decided to call me,” he said.

“They do their job but I saw the replay and I hit him right in the chest, I didn’t jump and he had the puck, so I thought it was a good check.”

Asked if he was penalized because of who he is – an enforcer who accumulates penalty minutes not points – Lessard demurred.

“I could not say that,” he said.

“I was coming pretty fast and it was a smaller guy, so it looked pretty bad . . . but it was a good check.”

Florida coach Pete DeBoer didn’t know exactly what to think.

“When I look at the hit my first reaction is that I didn’t think it was intentional, but then I look at the player that delivered it and he’s out there for one purpose, and that’s to intimidate,” he said.

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