Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 4/15/12

As we wait for the NHL's decision on Carl Hagelin's elbow to the head of Daniel Alfredsson, here are some quotes from Matt Carkner of the Senators and Brandon Dubinsky on last night's melee that kicked off Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. 

Carkner on Boyle:

Carkner: "I expected Boyle to defend himself. That obviously wasn't the case." #Sens

— Erin Nicks (@erinnicks) April 15, 2012

Carkner: "Boyle's a big guy and I expected him to fight. He could've just held on to me. He didn't & now I'm here talking to you & League."

— Erin Nicks (@erinnicks) April 15, 2012

I have one problem with Carkner's comments: he didn't give Boyle the opportunity to defend himself. Todd Bertuzzi squaring off with Shea Weber in retaliation to what went on in that series was a fair, respectable fight. What Carkner did last night, on the other hand, was cowardly and unprofessional. He mugged Boyle from behind and repeatedly suckered Brian while he was down on the ice in a defenseless position. 

Carkner is a goon who had no other purpose in the lineup than to assault Boyle. That warrants a suspension without question. 

Meanwhile, Brandon Dubinsky was asked today about his third-man-in game misconduct resulting from that play:

Brandon Dubinsky on Saturday's game misconduct: "look I don't want to talk about it..we'll be ready 2 play tomorrow, & I'll be ready 2 play"

— New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) April 15, 2012

I think Dubinsky's actions towards the Gatorade cooler spoke for themselves.

Check back later for the results of both Hagelin and Carkner's hearings, which took place earlier this afternoon.

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