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Stars ask NHL to review hits by Oilers defenseman Bryan Marchment

December 22, 1997

DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers want the NHL to review a series of hits in a game, one of which put Stars left wing Greg Adams out of action for six weeks with torn knee ligaments.

The Stars want the league to review two hits by Oilers defenseman Bryan Marchment, one of which injured Adams.

Stars general manager Bob Gainey also wants the NHL to review Marchment’s tripping penalty that led to Dallas’ winning power-play goal in overtime of their 2-1 win at Edmonton Saturday.

Marchment stuck out his right leg, tripping the Stars’ Shawn Chambers in a play similar to a Marchment move earlier this month that put Dallas center Mike Modano out for six weeks with a knee injury.

That trip earned Marchment a three-game suspension.

``Even though the Adams play is the one where the player got injured, the one on Chambers is a good indicator of how (Marchment) uses his body to cause injuries,″ Gainey told The Dallas Morning News in a story in Monday’s editions.

The Oilers also are submitting videotapes for league review of a hit on Marchment on Saturday by Stars defenseman and captain Derian Hatcher. Hatcher drew a 10-minute misconduct penalty for the hit.

``It’s likely a lot more vicious than anything (Marchment) did to Modano,″ Oilers coach Ron Low said.

The Oilers also contend that the Stars’ Jamie Langenbrunner left the bench to join a fight near the end of regulation. Players leaving the bench in such situations are subject to 10-game suspensions.

``I was already on the ice and was coming to the bench at the end of my shift when (Oilers player Todd) Marchant and I got into it,″ Langenbrunner told The News.

The Oilers’ elimination of the Stars during last season’s NHL playoffs and the subsequent injuries to Modano and Adams have caused hard feelings between the teams.

``If the league doesn’t do anything about this, then we have to find a way to do something about it,″ Stars center Guy Carbonneau said.

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