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Maurice passes on chance to defend Evander Kane’s hit from behind

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Paul Maurice

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It’s not uncommon for a head coach to rise to his player’s defense following a controversial hit, but bench boss Paul Maurice didn’t take that route on Sunday after Evander Kane was handed a major penalty and game misconduct for hitting Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner from behind.

“You know what, you see them, you don’t like them,” Maurice said, per the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe, when asked about his initial thoughts on the Kane hit. “The league will sort it out.”

Stoner wasn’t injured on the play, but Kane might end up missing some time for his actions.

You can view that incident below:

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