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Our weekly selection of hockey moves that leave us scratching our heads. Started back in 1997, HotW was an institution around these parts or years. As research time became more scarce, we let it lapse, but by the grace of a Gordie Hull Hat Trick, it's back!

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For the Week of 2/28/11
David Cunnif - Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Sure, last second losses are tough. They're even tougher when you lose on a power play goal scored with 4.9 seconds left in regualtion. Add the fact that the penalty that led to that goal was called with 12.9 seconds left in regulation because one of your assistant coaches decided to chuck something at an official.

Queue Cunniff, an assistant with the Worcester Sharks. Cunniff was miffed enough to bean a referee with a ball point pen.

From the Albany Times Union:

"The penalty being for an assistant coach, Worcester’s David Cunniff, nailing an linesman in the head with an object thrown from the bench, furious with a call that moved a face-off outside of the offensive zone. (The rule had to do with defensemen entering the offensive zone beyond the outer edge of the face-off circle after play is stopped and there is a scrum. More in a second.)"

To rub a little salt in the Sharks wound, the game winning goal was scored by former Sharks farmhand Steve Zalewski.

"Worcester officials weren’t going into detail about the incident; coach Ray S0mmer spoke of composure being lost. “It was a total meltdown — coaching staff, team.” Cunniff wasn’t available. But afterward, in the corner of the visiting bench, the conclusive evidence sat not far from the empty can of chew: A pen, black like a helmet — and shattered in three pieces. Those were the shards seen flying from Patry’s helmet. The evidence had been plucked off the ice and discarded by a Sharks player after Cunniff had been escorted off the bench. "

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2/21/11: Greg Pankewicz - Colorado Eagles (CHL)

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2/7/11: Domink Hasek - Spartak Moscow (KHL)

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