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Continued: Scoggins: Playoff hatred turns Xcel into a tinderbox

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 24, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Stoner admits the line becomes blurred in the heat of the moment. He enjoys a good scrum as much as anyone.

“I don’t like to see Zach getting punched in front of the net,” he said. “The next shift that I’m out there, I kind of want their forwards to feel the same way.”

Playoff hockey is fascinating in that regard. Stoner has a few friends on the Avs, including Barrie, but he wants to knock the snot out of them, legally of course. But doesn’t hate seem like a strong word to use for an opponent?

“No,” Stoner said. “In the moment, you definitely hate them.”

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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