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Hjalmarsson rocks Rattie

The Chicago Blackhawks may have lost a defenseman's services into the regular season as Niklas Hjalmarsson hit Ty Rattie late in the Hawks' 4-0 win over St. Louis on Saturday night, with Hjalmarsson earning a match penalty on the hit:

Quoting the Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine...

Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson received a match penalty for a shoulder to helmet hit he delivered on Blues winger Ty Rattie in the third period. Hjalmarsson is suspended for Sunday’s game against the Red Wings, a game he was unlikely to play anyway, and could face more discipline pending further review of the hit from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

And the Blues' Twitter account:

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Head was down, coming up the middle.  That was a good hit and one hockey needs more of.

Posted by SevensForTed on 10/02/16 at 06:15 AM ET

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Agree with above. Any Wings fans who praise Kronwall that come here to say his is a bad hit are automatically disqualified as super homers.

Damn dude. Don’t just stare at the puck, just go up to her and ask her on a date.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/02/16 at 06:50 AM ET

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I’m going to disagree with both of you. Kronwall learned.  Kronwall might have had head shots early in his career but he changed his hitting style to go back first to make sure principal point of contact was not the head.  This was all shoulder to head.  This far along into talks about limiting head shots, this is not a good clean body check. I think he deserves a couple games to think about going for the shoulder or side instead of trying to take the guys head off with his shoulder.

Posted by teldar on 10/02/16 at 08:23 AM ET

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For the record I don’t want anyone hurt I’m just saying he needs to make that hit and he wasn’t targeting just the head,  it looks like he targeted the body, the guy was just so low and had his head down.  Hockey 101 and true pee wee lessons

Posted by SevensForTed on 10/02/16 at 08:58 AM ET

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At what point does it become the players responsibility to protect himself?  Suspending players for good hits because these new kids don’t know how to keep their head up is ridiculous.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/02/16 at 09:11 AM ET

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Hearing tomorrow.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/02/16 at 09:56 AM ET

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Kid needs to get his damn head up!  Hjallmarsson should of done a better job going for the shoulder though. All head contact.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 10/02/16 at 09:58 AM ET

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There’s a difference between making a hit on a player with their head down and making a hit TO THE HEAD of a player with their head down.

This is the stuff that leads to the end of players careers. A few of these and he’s done.

Also. Why is this play needed in preseason with less than two mins in the game, up by 3?

Posted by TreKronor on 10/02/16 at 10:04 AM ET

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Youbplay the game the same way no matter the score or the time.  This isn’t the level where everyone gets a participation trophy and this is a contact sport and his head wasn’t targeted that was a stand up hit.  Plus I gaurentee the crowd and team cheered louder at that hit than the goals scored.

Posted by SevensForTed on 10/02/16 at 10:26 AM ET

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Youbplay the game the same way no matter the score or the time.

Complete BS.

Posted by Garth on 10/02/16 at 02:58 PM ET

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I think it was absolutely head contact. Principal point of contact was the head. All the way. Make the hit. That’s fine. But it doesn’t need to be correctly to the head.

Posted by teldar on 10/02/16 at 03:08 PM ET

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shoulder on shoulder open ice check ... I see nothing wrong with it ... besides the fact Rattie had his head down leaving himself wide open for a check like that.

Good, text book example of what not to do when you’ve got the puck at center ice ... unless you want to get burried.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 10/02/16 at 03:31 PM ET

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shoulder on shoulder open ice check

What video did you watch?

Posted by Garth on 10/03/16 at 08:52 AM ET

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