Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward said the Hurricanes' explanation of the Scott Walker punch was a "convenient excuse" that the NHL accepted in fining but not suspending Walker.
"If you, the media, accept that you're a bunch of sheep," Ward said today after the Bruins' morning skate. "... It just allows people to get off scot-free."
Hurricanes' general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday that Walker was coming to the "aid of a teammate" — Matt Cullen, who was shoved and hit by Ward — when he punched Ward in the face. Rutherford noted that during the series several Carolina players had been hit after the whistles and that at some point someone on the Canes would hit back.
"I know Jimmy is a pretty staunch Republican. I didn't know he brought Karl Rove in here to spin it for him," Ward said.