By Mike Harrington
One of the bizarre moments of the NHL's first week came last night when Sabres winger Nathan Gerbe -- in his first game back after summer spinal surgery -- took a cheap hit from Carolina's Drayson Bowman and then tried to get in a few words with Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose.
But referee Dan O'Hallaron got in the way -- and got physical with Gerbe as well. Something tells me the stripes wouldn't have done that to too many other players. Especially ones who aren't 5-foot-5. That's got to be a reprimand and/or a fine for O'Hallaron but you won't hear about that one publicly.
Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog thought it was unusual too and posted the video above
"He said he wants to keep me away," Gerbe told me after today's optional skate. "But if we can't touch them, why can they grab us? It's a Catch-22 there so I just decided to keep my mouth shot and not touch him. We don't need any suspensions or anything like that."
Told that it was a sight not too many folks have seen during an NHL game, Gerbe said simply, "I was absolutely surprised."
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