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Video- Hit Of The Night

Keith Ballard, although he was sent off the ice with two minutes for clipping, puts a classic hip check on Jordin Tootoo.

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Mike from Austin's avatar

What a shame this was called for a penalty…but this is what happens when the media and everyone keeps crying and complaining about hitting in the game and how incompetent Campbell is at his job.

I’m surprised the KK peanut gallery hasn’t called for a suspension yet for Ballard.

Posted by Mike from Austin on 04/29/11 at 03:47 AM ET

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When the refs starts calling clean hits like this, then you know they have no idea what the league wants to be a hit or not.  I’m all for cleaning up some aspects of the game, but NEVER at the expense of a great hip check.

Posted by graf on 04/29/11 at 03:53 AM ET

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doesn’t clipping have to be below the knees?

Posted by Pharazon from England on 04/29/11 at 06:09 AM ET

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I really hate it when people become so confused that they believe that eliminating headshots for the sole purpose of injuring an opponent is equivalent to wanting to remove clean hits from the game. This was a hip check and should not have been a penalty, seems to be an obvious distinction from a flying elbow to an unsuspecting player.  The NHL has done such a good job at being inconsistent that not even they know what a clean hit is anymore , but they’ve managed to confuse a few sheep that removing dirty hits will remove htting because it is so difficlut to make the right call.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/29/11 at 11:17 AM ET

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Can we get the NHL to explain WRONG calls now? smile

Posted by TheFreak on 04/29/11 at 11:24 AM ET

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he was sent off the ice with two minutes for clipping

Clipping? isn’t that a NFL infraction?
Versucks reported during the game that he was put in the box for interference. So that makes it twice as bad of a call: 1. he had the puck; 2. it was a hip check.
I keep hearing how the NHL has the best officials with the hardest job, but stuff like this really has me questioning sentiment. It is getting borderline NBA / bush league.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 04/29/11 at 11:27 AM ET

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What a shame this was called for a penalty…but this is what happens when the media and everyone keeps crying and complaining about hitting in the game and how incompetent Campbell is at his job.

I’m surprised the KK peanut gallery hasn’t called for a suspension yet for Ballard.

Posted by Mike from Austin on 04/29/11 at 01:47 AM ET

Yeah, I’m sure the ref had KK commenters in mind when he decided to call this a penalty.

If only we’d all stop mentioning that Colin Campbell is incompetent… that would be sure to bring competence back into an unrelated issue.  That must be it; Colin Campbell has self-esteem issues and all of us mean people talking about it is exacerbating the problem.

That HAS to be why a referee made an iffy clipping call.

Leave comedy to the bears, Ebeneezer.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/29/11 at 11:35 AM ET

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What a shame this was called for a penalty…but this is what happens when the media and everyone keeps crying and complaining about hitting in the game and how incompetent Campbell is at his job.

Isn’t Terry Gregson the Director of Officiating which is responsible for the overall management of the officiating staff? And isn’t Colin Campbell the Director of Hockey Operations? Maybe someone can explain… I don’t know… I’m just not too sure about this. I get so confused who is responsible for evaluating officials, manages how to train / apply the on-ice rules, and decides which officials get to officiate in which game and work the playoffs. Thanks Gary.ass.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 04/29/11 at 12:03 PM ET

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I might actually go so far as to say the reason this was called a penalty in the first place is because the standard of discipline has gotten so bad that players know that instead of delivering clean hip checks, they can get away with aiming high and try to crush people with their shoulders. 

Refs simply don’t see good, big hip checks like they used to and have no idea how to call them properly.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/29/11 at 12:25 PM ET

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Vs. got it wrong in the play by play. From nhl.com

Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:08   VAN   Mikael Samuelsson : Hooking - 2 min
06:35   NSH   Patric Hornqvist : Hi-sticking - 2 min
16:16   NSH   Jordin Tootoo : Cross checking - 2 min
19:28   VAN   Christian Ehrhoff : Hooking - 2 min

2nd Period
00:44   NSH   Patric Hornqvist : Roughing - 2 min
03:42   NSH   Steve Sullivan : Slashing - 2 min
07:26   VAN   Raffi Torres : Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min
16:35   VAN   Keith Ballard : Clipping - 2 min

3rd Period
03:53   NSH   Patric Hornqvist : Tripping - 2 min
14:38   VAN   Keith Ballard : Tripping - 2 min

Even penalty calls, too!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/29/11 at 12:26 PM ET

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Vs. got it wrong in the play by play.

I completely agree. They (VS) even covered up their own incompetence by keeping the camera off the official as he gave the arm signal to the score keeper.

From the 2010-11 NHL Rule Book:
Rule 44 - Clipping
44.1 Clipping - Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction,
across or below the knees of an opponent.
A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower
his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s
knees.
An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player who may
or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check
the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his
body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.
44.2 Minor Penalty - A player who commits these fouls will be assessed a
minor penalty for “clipping.”
44.3 Major Penalty - If an injury occurs as a result of this “clipping” check,
the player must be assessed a major penalty (see 44.5).
44.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match
penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately
injured his opponent by clipping.
44.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - A game misconduct penalty must be
assessed anytime a major penalty is applied for injuring an opponent
by clipping.
44.6 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or
suspensions for clipping, however, supplementary discipline can be
applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

I don’t see what the penalizing official saw that qualified this check as “across or below the knees” especially considering the check was against Tootoo, not exactly mr big; Ballard would have to be squatting pretty low.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 04/29/11 at 01:10 PM ET

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on cbc they had an interview with a different referee to explain why it was considered a penalty.  The referee said that when he hit tootoo, the point of impact was at the knee, which is considered a dangerous play.  He went on to say that he loves a good hip check, but ballard was just too low on the point of impact.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 04/29/11 at 02:30 PM ET

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This obviously wasn’t a penalty, but I think it was a make up call for Ballard making the ref look bad on the high sticking call in the first.
If you watch the replay in slow motion, you see that Ballard has Hornqvist’s stick trapped so it couldn’t hit him.  Then as he rounds the boards and sees the ref, WHAM! he throws his head back and draws the call.

Posted by grndlprm from San Jose, Ca on 04/29/11 at 02:31 PM ET

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I’m about to move to CA just to escape Vs.

Posted by Carp from Wash. D.C. on 04/29/11 at 02:57 PM ET

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Hit looked about thigh high until TooToo tried to jump the hit. Ref on CBC may have been reaching to protect a fellow ref or he may have felt there was no need for Ballard to lower himself at all in order to make the hit. There is a provision for legs off the ice, but I didn’t particularly see this as a hit targeting the knees.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/29/11 at 04:17 PM ET

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but this is what happens when the media and everyone keeps crying and complaining about hitting in the game and how incompetent Campbell is at his job.

Calling marginal clips that nobody objects to and still not suspending for blatant elbows and headshots that people are concerned about isn’t going to get anybody off Campbell’s back.

Besides, in-game penalties are Gregson’s deal, not Campbell’s. Gregson was on the NHL network yesterday explaining the whys and why nots of a bunch of calls (ex. this call was missed because the close referee has to stand in suchandsuch location so he has a good look at the net, but he can’t see the offending player’s forearm; the trailing referee can’t see the infraction either because the goalie moves into his field of vision at the point of impact).

It was an interesting interview, but what was most interesting is he repeatedly distanced himself from the disciplinary committee, claiming he has no idea what they’re doing or why and has nothing to do with them (in more diplomatic terms). Based on their two interviews this week, I get the impression there is a radical difference in what Gregson knows about his job and what Campbell knows about his.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/29/11 at 05:13 PM ET

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um, this is clearly a clip.  by the book.

Ballard’s knees are bent to the point where his body is very low to the ice, and he hits Tootoo right in the knees.  clipping doesn’t have to be BELOW the knees…

44.1 Clipping - Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.

A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.

An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player or goalkeeper who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.

that’s exactly what Ballard did.

@hockey1919 - Tootoo didn’t jump.  his feet are on the ice at the moment of contact:

look how low Ballard’s body is.

Ballard is 5’11”, Tootoo is 5’9”.  for Ballard to hit him even in the thighs he’d have to crouch down quite a bit.  he hit him right in the knees.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/30/11 at 09:12 PM ET

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by the way, HERE is how you do a proper hip check.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1uhorF5LA

notice how upright Vladdy is?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/30/11 at 11:10 PM ET

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