San Jose's Ryane Clowe took out his pent-up frustration on Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader at the end of Friday's game. Clowe landed a flurry of punches on Abdelkader following a neutral zone faceoff as time expired in Detroit's 4-3 victory in Game 4. Afterward, Clowe said he wished he was lined up next to defenseman Niklas Kronwall instead. Clowe still was upset about Kronwall's open-ice shoulder check that leveled Dany Heatley in the first period of Game 3. A shaken Heatley returned in the second period and is fine, but Clowe still wanted some retribution. "Did you see what he did to Dany Heatley?" Clowe said on Saturday. "I just wish I was lined up against Kronwall." Sharks coach Todd McLellan called Clowe a physical and emotional guy. "It doesn't surprise me that he said that. He takes care of his teammates," McLellan said. "Kronner's a physical guy as well. Sometimes as series evolve, emotions get ramped up, and we're probably seeing a little bit of that right now." McLellan was a Red Wings assistant coach when Kronwall was dishing out big hits on a regular basis during Detroit's 2008 Stanley Cup run. Despite being a nice, humble person off the ice, Kronwall's hits often stir up emotions in opponents. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne accused Kronwall of being a dirty player following a hit to the head earlier this season. "He's a heck of a human being (Kronwall), anybody will tell you that, (Sharks defenseman and fellow Swede) Dougie Murray will tell you that," McLellan said. "For us it's not about how these guys are when they're dealing with fans or away from the rink, it's about when they're wearing the uniform."
Clowe frustrated with hit by Red Wigns' Niklas Kronwall in Game 3
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