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Ducks' Scott Niedermayer talks about the fight over his hockey stick

November 20, 2009 |  4:22 pm

It is a wonderful fan-friendly gesture in the NHL. The "three stars" of the game are announced to the crowd and those stars often skate over and hand their hockey sticks over the glass to lucky fans.

That is what the Ducks' Scott Niedermayer did after Thursday night's overtime win. He started to hand it to the a little girl and a nearby fan grabbed it -- or tried to. Watch the video of the fight that resulted.

At practice today, Niedermayer talked about what happened.

Niedermayer's own reaction?

"I'm sure it was the same as anybody’s. I was surprised. I couldn’t really tell exactly how it all happened. I put the stick over. Obviously it’s on video and everybody is getting their look at it all day long. These things happen. ... Maybe not over a stick, but there’s disagreements in the stands. This isn’t the first one.

"I saw a little girl there. I went over and wanted to give it to her. The glass is pretty high so I was trying to get it over. It’s not the easiest thing to do. ... I probably could’ve done a better job with that."

Stay tuned to latimes.com/sports for more coverage on the stick incident.

-- Mark Medina

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