Capitals defenseman Jason Doig straddled the line between
physical play and sinister tactics last week. On Jan. 28 he
leveled Eric Lindros with a body check, giving the Rangers'
winger his eighth concussion and putting him out of action
indefinitely. The next night Doig felled Hurricanes center Kevyn
Adams with a knee-on-knee blow that drew a two-minute penalty.
Adams will be out for four weeks, and Carolina coach Peter
Laviolette derided the play as a "dirty hit."
The league suspended Doig for two games for that hit, but he
doesn't deserve the "dirty" tag. He didn't appear to
intentionally knee Adams, and his crunching of Lindros was legal.
"He has to make that hit," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said of
Doig's catching Lindros skating with his head down. "If he
doesn't, he's not doing his job."