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Tom Kostopoulos Breaks Brad Stuart’s Jaw With High Hit

Kostopoulos received two minutes for roughing.

Post game, Henrik Zetterberg says the Wings will be very surprised if there is no suspension.

No video yet.

added 12:17am on 1/8/11, Mike Babcock says awful hit, disgraceful and unfortunate that (bleeped out) goes on.

added 12:23am, via the CP at TSN,

Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart left the game halfway through the third and did not return. He got bowled over by Tom Kostopoulos right beside the Red Wings net and when the training staff finally helped him to his feet, a giant pool of blood was left behind.

added 12:27am, video added…

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If that hit is dirty, what about this hit from your beloved Kronwall.

It’s funny that you would take the time to look up that clip, bring it to KK, post a link to it, yet not watch it, apparently…

What part of the hit, in which the FRONT of Kronwall’s body collides with the FRONT of Havlat’s body makes that a blind side hit?

Please enlighten?

Kronwall’s body went DIRECTLY into the logo on Havlat’s chest.

Again, where’s the blindside?

Posted by Garth on 01/08/11 at 06:02 PM ET

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I’m not troll baiting. I’m a big fan of Babcock, the WIng’s organization, Lidstrom, Datsyuk, etc. I would love to one day watch a game at the Joe.

I’m a hockey fan first. A team fan (Canucks, Flyers, Bruins) a distant second.

Most team fans are myopic cheerleaders and impossible to reason with. I am just trying to illustrate that point.

Kronwall’s shoulder goes directly into Havlat’s HEAD. Either both hits are clean or both hits are dirty. You can’t have it both ways.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 01/08/11 at 06:32 PM ET

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I really don’t think that Stuart’s medical condition should have any bearing on the punishment. It’s the intent that needs to be punished, not the outcome. If one of my employees does something wrong, I chastise them regardless of whether or not if affects one of our clients. When, oh when are we actually going to get some competent people to run this multimillion dollar business. Boggles the mind.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 01/08/11 at 06:39 PM ET


Kronwall’s body went DIRECTLY into the logo on Havlat’s chest.

I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but this statement’s simply false. Havlat’s logo is at the height of Kronwall’s hip and Kronwall’s shoulder is colliding with Havlat’s right cheek at the point of contact (1:52).

Of course, like Richards/Booth, Cooke/Savard, Armstrong/Letowski, etc. there was no rule against this play at the time the hit was made.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/08/11 at 08:17 PM ET


Kostopoulos got Stuart up high, should be suspended. He had time to drop his shoulder and didn’t.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 01/09/11 at 04:57 AM ET

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