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Video- Hitchcock Unhappy With Ruutu Hit On McDonald

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues left winger Andy McDonald suffered a right shoulder injury in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Carolina and did not return.

“He has a shoulder injury ... we’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDonald was hit by Carolina’s Tuomu Ruutu and crashed awkwardly into boards with about 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the period. He lay on the ice briefly before rising to his feet and heading to the locker room.

Blues captain David Backes gave Ruutu a push after the play. There was no penalty called, much to Hithcock’s unsatisfaction.

“I didn’t like the hit,” Hitchcock “I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it’s a suspension or not, who knows? But that’s what’s wrong with our game. The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It’s a real tough play in hockey.”

continued and watch the hit below…

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cs6687's avatar

McDonald lost an edge. It happens. And coming from Fatboy and his team of thugs, it’s quite hypocritical to be bitching about questionable hits.

Posted by cs6687 on 03/16/12 at 12:45 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Posted by cs6687 on 03/15/12 at 10:45 PM ET

Ha…I almost thought this was an EP post. I agree…besides…McDonald seemed to toe pick before Ruutu even touched him.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 03/16/12 at 01:07 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

I don’t know. Originally, I agreed with you guys, but looking at the replay starting at 1:10 in the video above, I don’t think he loses the edge the way the other angles make it seem. Regardless, you do see Tuutu’s arms extend across McDonald’s back whether he gave him a hard push or not so I can understand Hitchcock’s being upset.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/16/12 at 12:37 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

To me that last replay shows it best (something 1:05 into the youtube video)...his left foot is toe-down before Ruutu touches him.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 03/16/12 at 01:17 PM ET

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