NHL linesman floored by nasty punch

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Poor Andy McElman. The NHL linesman was trying to be a mediator after a scuffle broke out during Colorado Avalanche's victory over Chicago Blackhawks, but he copped a punch in the face for his troubles.

Michal Rozsival cross-checked Colorado's Maxime Talbot after the whistle had been blown to prompt a scrap between the two teams and, as McElman tried to get involved, he was sent down to the ice.

McElman took a left jab straight to the jobs from Talbot, but admirably sprung straight back up to his feet.

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