Don Cherry: Matt Grzelcyk was asking for hit that forced him from Game 2

Evan Marinofsky
May 30, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Don Cherry's had his fair share of controversial comments throughout this postseason. But his on's regarding Oskar Sundqvist's hit from behind on Matt Grzelcyk, that sent to Grzelcyk to the hospital and into concussion protocol, may be the most polarizing. 

"Kids, you never ever go in the corners like this," said Cherry as he reviewed the tape of the hit on SN's Coach's Corner. "(Sundqvist) didn't mean to hit him. He was just finishing his check. This is the penalty here. Look how (Grzelcyk) going in -- head first. He was just asking for it."

Cherry didn't put any blame on Sundqvist. 

"I don't blame the guy, he was just finishing his check," said Cherry. "He didn't mean to hit him in the head. Never go in the corner like that. You never ever do it like that. You're just asking for it." 

Ron MacLean, Cherry's partner, agreed and brought up another instance. 

"That's not the only shot," he said. "I'm with you, Don. The other hut was Carlo got it early in the period. Sammy Blais lined him up and kind of got him in the numbers as well but it's a bang-bang play." 

Cherry ended his rant by using the Carlo hit to once again prove his point. 

"They're banging," said Cherry. "It's the playoffs. It's the goal like this. Trying to get back from last game and see how he's got his head turned? Never do that kids and you're just asking for it." 

It was announced Thursday morning that Grzelcyk is day-to-day, in protocol, and won't fly to St. Louis with the team. Sundqvist will have a hearing with the league. 

Have to give Cherry credit where it's due: in every one of his rants, he always gives "advice" to kids. Can't hate that, right? 

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