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Pominville Taken Off On A Stretcher

via Chris Kuc tweet,

Sabres’ Jason Pominville is down on the ice and a stretcher is out after a crunching (and illegal) hit by #Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson.

I just saw the replay and Pominville was slammed into the boards, almost from behind.  He hit his head against the glass with a big impact. Hjalmarsson got five and a game.

update 7:51pm, video added… You will see the hit at the start of the video, then a replay near the end.

added 8:17pm, Chicago broadcast point of view can be watched below…

update 8:58pm, Concussion for Pominville, he was treated and diagnosed at the arena.

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  Tags: jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson

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@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

He was also cut pretty bad.

Already some interesting debate in Twitter-land about whether or not this was a dirty hit.

This one will be talked about…

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 10/11/10 at 09:48 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Score another victory for the Football shoulder Pads. Clear as day the cap of the shoulder pad hits the guy clean on the jaw.

Please get rid of plastic football style shoulder pads…...Now!

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/10 at 10:01 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I posted this on another board:

The point is you can’t hit a guy in a vulnerable position like that. Bump him or just take the body, but there is absolutely no need to lay into someone like that in that circumstance.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 10/11/10 at 10:13 PM ET

Muero's avatar

This could easily be called a blind-side hit to the head under the new rule.

Posted by Muero on 10/11/10 at 10:19 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Exactly RedMenance, out of the play, not out of the game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/10 at 10:20 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/10 at 08:20 PM ET

That’s one of the reasons I hated playing “competitive” hockey—people were out to hurt each other way too much.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 10/11/10 at 10:23 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Paul. You only show when Red Wings get injured.( Palm of hand to forehead.)Great points DRD and Red Menace.Need to cut down on the surface area of protective padding. Players hitting with sense of invincability and not common sense.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 10/11/10 at 10:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Looked to me that it was an absolutely cheap-shot.  Blindsided, and drove Pominville’s head into the boards.  And the thing I notice on the replay, this wasn’t a “bang-bang” play.  Hjalmarsson went 30 feet to hit him - - clear intent. 

About the only thing Hjalmarsson didn’t do was leave his feet.

Red- - spot on.

Supplementary discipline of at least a few games - - but should be longer, he could have easily avoided the whole thing.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/11/10 at 10:41 PM ET

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Why did Pominville expose himself like that?  Despite all this nonsense about players having respect for one another, they don’t and they never did.  The only reason there were less injuries in the old days was the players were as slow as plowhorses and the equipment was made of softer material.  Stick swinging matches happened a lot in the good old days when players respected each other.  Remember Wayne Maki versus Ted Green?  They had a ton of respect for each other.  Players should always presume they will be at the receiving end of a cheap shot and take appropriate precautions.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/11/10 at 11:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, the ‘Hawks endearing themselves to yet another rabid fanbase.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 10/11/10 at 11:47 PM ET

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Looked like he hit from the side as the puck was arriving.

Posted by timbits on 10/12/10 at 12:10 AM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

Quenville: “anytime u hit a guy without puck, u can kill him” after wisnewski hit on seabrook. too bad his players dont listen to him

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 10/12/10 at 12:34 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’d like to see Hjalmarsson (a player I generally liked through the olympics) to get a big suspension out of this - 10 games at least. It won’t happen because the NHL doesn’t really care about their rules or their players, just their profits. I’d also like to never hear another Chicago broadcast as they blamed the victim on this one. I expect it from 13 user names, but not a professional that’s supposed to know what he’s talking about.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/12/10 at 01:36 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

First the Keith elbow and now this?  Hjalmarsson and Keith are at the bottom of the list of defensemen I’d expect this from.  What, where they hanging out with the Ducks over the summer?

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 10/12/10 at 05:27 AM ET

Ozzie30's avatar

Hjalmarsson should be the first victim of the new blind side hit rule.  Don’t be lenient due to his rep - there should be ZERO tolerance when the head is involved.

Posted by Ozzie30 on 10/12/10 at 10:16 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Why did Pominville expose himself like that?  Despite all this nonsense about players having respect for one another, they don’t and they never did.  The only reason there were less injuries in the old days was the players were as slow as plowhorses and the equipment was made of softer material.  Stick swinging matches happened a lot in the good old days when players respected each other.  Remember Wayne Maki versus Ted Green?  They had a ton of respect for each other.  Players should always presume they will be at the receiving end of a cheap shot and take appropriate precautions.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/11/10 at 09:07 PM ET

Sigh. Yes, blame the victim.

It’s one thing when you’re carrying the puck with your head down and someone lays a clean check on you, face-up. That’s fair play. And it can hurt you. But when a guy’s back is turned, what do you want him to do? Should he have gave up on the play and turned around, just so he wouldn’t be vulnerable? Asinine.

It is irrelevant if there ever WAS respect between the players. What’s relevant is that something needs to happen to create that respect. The past is stupid to talk about, regardless of what side of the argument is bringing it up.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/12/10 at 10:38 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Colleen Campbell’s ‘Wheel of Discipline’ says “2 games and a coupon at Denny’s!”

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/12/10 at 11:00 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Hjalmarsson should be the first victim of the new blind side hit rule.  Don’t be lenient due to his rep - there should be ZERO tolerance when the head is involved.

Totally agree. The problem is, Hjalmarsson didn’t target his head - even though Pominville’s head rattled off the glass.

Campbell looks for any reason to let someone off. It’s like all of the GM’s are his best friends and he’s loathe to hurt any of their clubs.
That’s why a rookie like Downie gets 20 games but Cooke gets nothing*.


* P.S. There IS language in the rulebook that could have justifiied suspending Cooke. But since Cooke is an integral part of the Pens team, he got nothing.
Only fringe players are subject to massive suspensions. All other players are given free reign to do what they want regardless of what any silly rulebook says.
Colleen probably uses it for toilet paper.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/12/10 at 11:40 AM ET

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Obviously, no one read my post very carefully.  I guess that’s why I’m getting lambasted here.  I wasn’t blaming Pominville.  What I said was until the league really cracks down hard on this stuff, the players will have to fend for themselves. Suspensions for these types of hit s should start at 10-15 games.  The league is going to have to LEGISLATE RESPECT.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  No more subtlety it obviously goes over guys heads.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/12/10 at 08:27 PM ET

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Also Nathan “Those who forget the lessons of history are bound to repeat them”  So the past is not “stupid”  Why do you hide behind an alias getting so critical of anothers opinion.  Isn’t this board about sharing ideas.?  Within reason of course.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/12/10 at 08:32 PM ET

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