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Another Dirty Hit?

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.

We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.

The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.

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Rust considered day to day.  That was the update from Sullivan today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/31/16 at 12:28 PM ET

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Kerry Fraser of TSN disagrees,

I agree with the call on the ice that Marleau violated Rule 48 (Illegal Check to the Head) and believe a minor penalty was correctly assessed. Replays demonstrated an angle where contact may have occurred when Rust’s head struck the back of Marleau. This prompted ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) to tweet, “Tough call when you see this angle…Is that shoulder first or not?” I responded with, “Way too much head contact for my tolerance level. That’s why officials insisted Rule 48 be a minor #toughcall.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/31/16 at 01:01 PM ET

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There’s no way that hit wouldn’t result in supplementary discipline if a non-star forward did it, and we all know it. I’m feeling nostalgic for malkin’s -in-the-last-5-minutes instigator that wasn’t.

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 05/31/16 at 01:46 PM ET

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I’m feeling nostalgic for malkin’s -in-the-last-5-minutes instigator that wasn’t.

I get ticked off every time I think about it. Go Sharks. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 05/31/16 at 02:33 PM ET

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That’s precisely the hit I thought the NHL wanted to eliminate?
I’m going for the Sharks in this series and I’m a Marleau slappy,  but that hit should have warranted at least a 1-game suspension based on the fact it was a blind-side hit to a defenseless player, and it knocked the victim out of the game and possibly future games.

But I also have a hard time stomaching these holier-than-though articles from Pens reporters.
This is the same team that employed Matt Cooke for years. Not to mention Brooks Orpik and James Neil.
Those three players are vying for the Mount Rushmore of NHL douchebags.

Karma is a boomerang.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/31/16 at 02:41 PM ET

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That’s precisely the hit I thought the NHL wanted to eliminate?
I’m going for the Sharks in this series and I’m a Marleau slappy,  but that hit should have warranted at least a 1-game suspension based on the fact it was a blind-side hit to a defenseless player, and it knocked the victim out of the game and possibly future games.

But I also have a hard time stomaching these holier-than-though articles from Pens reporters.
This is the same team that employed Matt Cooke for years. Not to mention Brooks Orpik and James Neil.
Those three players are vying for the Mount Rushmore of NHL douchebags.

Karma is a boomerang.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/31/16 at 03:41 PM ET

Well, for one the reporters don’t employ the players and I’m really not aware of any reporters defending that type of play.  Matt Cooke was very much maligned by Pittsburgh reporters for what its worth. 

Like I said on the other thread though, I’m not following the league’s logic here. The call on the ice was a Rule 48 head shot minor.  The player had to leave the game.  They review it and its not a suspension.

Letang hits a guy 0.63 seconds late.  Gets called for interference.  Player returns to the game.  1-game suspension.

So the difference here is that Letang’s shoulder caught the chin of Johannson, as opposed to Marleau’s back catching Rust’s entire head?  So really, the league is fine with hits to the head so long as the technique of the hit results with no contact to the elbow or shoulder.  Is that what they’re saying?

And again, does the call on the ice reflect the aspect of the hit being reviewed?  For example, Letang got called for interference so they reviewed and considered the lateness of the hit whereas Marleau was called for an illegal hit to the head and the league determined it wasn’t a hit to the head and not worthy of a suspension. 

Too confusing.  I realize they look at each hit individually, but there has to be some consistency.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/31/16 at 02:58 PM ET

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You know, while I’m ranting…

Kerry Hairspray’s note about ref’s insisting that Rule 48 be a minor penalty because its a “#toughcall” shows how out of touch the NHL is.  At least, that’s how I read it. 

If anyone can explain to me how an illegal hit to the head, boarding, elbowing, kneeing, etc, - deliberate and preventable actions with an intent to injure or cause harm - warrant the same penalty as interference, tripping, slashing, hooking, or holding - penalties that occur during the normal run of play, please inform me.

There could be 2-min majors or double minors assessed for a hit to the head or a hit from behind into the boards.  I can’t see what harm that would do in a league with slumping scoring.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/31/16 at 03:16 PM ET

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