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Marleau catches Rust in the jaw

Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust was late. Not egregiously so, but late enough that it caught Rust shoulder-to-jaw, and late enough that it sent Rust to the "quiet room" twice, with Rust not returning after the second hit.

Do you think this is a suspension-worthy hit in today's NHL, or is there still some impetus on the player getting hit to not lead with his chin?

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Considering that is the exact type of hit the NHL is trying to remove from the game, yes he should be suspended.  However, considering the gutless and inconsistent nature of the NHL DPS, no he probably won’t be.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/31/16 at 07:30 AM ET

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Nick Kypreos tweet,

No further @NHL supplemental discipline for @SanJoseSharks Marleau

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/31/16 at 08:31 AM ET


Just exactly the type of consistency the league needs.  Suspend players for interference on non-injured players that return to the game, but an actual hit to the head as called on the ice by the ref where the player doesn’t finish the game - no that’s fine and not a suspendable hit.  I think this makes total and complete sense.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/31/16 at 09:10 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

The NHL dropped the ball when they failed to suspend Letang for the Slash/highstick on Stalberg, failing to sufficiently suspend him for the predatory hit on Johansson, and neglecting to even look at the slew foot that Rosby did to Paquette in the Tampa Bay series.


Is anyone surprised they let this go?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/31/16 at 09:32 AM ET

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NHL Player Safety tweets,

Dept of Player Safety determines no Supplemental Discipline is warranted for Patrick Marleau’s hit on Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the SCF.

Main points of contact: shoulders, chest. Rust low, off-balance, reaching.

Marleau does not “pick” the head, elevate or extend.  Head contact is with Marleau’s back.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/31/16 at 11:51 AM ET


This playoff has been just absolutely mind boggling. 

Can someone clarify how this works?  Is it not a suspension worthy hit because the call on the ice was a hit to the head, and then the league reviewed it and determined it wasn’t a hit to the head?  If the call on the ice was interference, like Letang’s hit on Johannson, can they then review the hit for interference (late hit) and then suspend the player on those grounds? 

To me, there’s not a whole lot of difference between the Letang on Johannson hit and this hit.  I know I’ve harped on this before, but in Letang’s case you have interference called and the player returns with no concussion - so even if it’s late, at worst, its an interference penalty.  It was .063 seconds late.  A lot of people were up in arms that Letang only got a game.  But, In Marleau’s case, you have an illegal hit to the head called on the ice, the player is forced to leave the game, but it’s not a suspension. 

I truly don’t understand their thought process hit to hit.  If you’re only looking at the hit itself in terms of technique and none of the context, that’s a pretty poor way to go about it.  Hypothetically, if Rust were to miss the remainder of the finals and parts of next season, I’m not sure what the league’s justification or explanation would be.  Just because Marleau doesn’t “pick” the head, doesn’t mean its not a head shot.  Given the last few rulings by the DoPS, it’s almost like they’re saying, concussions are fine if you weren’t deliberately trying to cause a concussion by lifting your elbow.  I’m not following their stance here.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/31/16 at 12:26 PM ET


More proof that the discipline process is arbitrary and compromised by the interests of buttman and CO.

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 05/31/16 at 03:05 PM ET

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