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Beauchemin, Fisher downplay earlier hit

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:59 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

ANAHEIM -- Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin laid a big open-ice hit on Mike Fisher in the Oct. 29 meeting, but he doesn't expect any carryover effect.

"I think the hit was clean and obviously they didn't (have) a suspension," Beauchemin said. "I don't really expect anything. But you never know. Sometimes the games go our way and they decide to do something, and I'll be ready for it. But I don't really expect it."

Fisher didn't have a problem with it.

"I know he didn't mean to hurt me," Fisher said. "He texted me after to make sure I was all right. It was a classy thing to do. He plays physical and caught me at a vulnerable spot. It could have been worse…he's an honest, fair player. He plays hard and hits hard and that's part of it."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round