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Video- Is This Hit By Byron Bitz Worth 5 For Boarding And A Game?

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DrewBehr's avatar

Absolutely. Clifford’s back was to Bitz the entire time and the principal point of contact was the head. Right call.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/12/12 at 01:46 AM ET

Mojo Tooth's avatar

There is no “principal point of contact” wording in Rule 41. However I still think it meets the “degree of violence” criterion for a major. However, in order to get the game misconduct there needs to be “injury” to the head or face.

So, wrong call on the game misconduct but right call on the major.

The rule: Rule 41. Boarding

Posted by Mojo Tooth on 04/12/12 at 03:08 AM ET


Wow, as dirty as Vanoucver was playing, you’d have thought their opponent was the Hawks.

It was a cheap shot, the exactly kind they would be crying over had it happened to one of the sisters.  Hit one and the other flops around center ice like a voodoo doll.

Suspend his ass, it wa a headshot….. 5 games, ala Duncan Keith, sound fair.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/12/12 at 03:09 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah… that’s boarding.  Had he not come from across the ice to do it?  Probably not, it’d be different.  But he did.  He can’t claim split-second hockey play because he had him in his sights from the other side of the rink.

Posted by Primis on 04/12/12 at 08:13 AM ET

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Posted by booooom on 04/12/12 at 07:47 AM ET

I watched several times and that was my initial reaction as well.  However, if you watch it more and really look at it closely, you’ll see that the King turned several times.  His back was to him, then a bit turned, then all the way with his back to him again.  So it wasn’t like the King turned away at the last second, Bitz came in with a head of steam knowing he was going to blindside a player essentially.

And even then, regardless, the call was Boarding, not Checking from Behind.  And when you come across the ice to hit a player (who is not really in motion while in a scrum) like that…. that’s the definition of Boarding.  It doesn’t matter whether the King’s back was turned or not.  Had the King been facing him, it’s still the definition of Charging then even.  You can’t come across the ice like that just to deliver a hit.

Posted by Primis on 04/12/12 at 09:11 AM ET


I missed the post-game presser but I’m wondering if Vignault cried about all the BS penalty calls against his team…

Posted by Garth on 04/12/12 at 09:36 AM ET


Mojo Tooth:

From the link that you provided…

41.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.

The game misconduct is automatic for a major boarding call.  If the major was the correct call, then (by the rules) so was the game misconduct.  *shrug*

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 04/12/12 at 11:11 AM ET


Meh… I just realized I misread your post, Mojo Tooth.  Anyway, my understanding of the rule is that the ref’s choices no longer include “just a 5 min penalty” for that particular offense.  (It’s always possible that my understanding is wrong.  But I’ve seen it called in the regular season, and it was mentioned at the time that it was automatic.)

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 04/12/12 at 11:14 AM ET

Mojo Tooth's avatar

I know it’s confusingly inconsistent, but there definitely is a provision for a major-only boarding call in that rule. The others, like hits to the head and such, go straight from minor to match penalty. The announcers don’t always get it right, and honestly why would they?

Posted by Mojo Tooth on 04/12/12 at 11:21 AM ET


Is that the same “Garth” who whines for the Sabres all the time, and calls for the head of any player who crosses his team? I thought you had the summer off….

Posted by Al on 04/12/12 at 02:33 PM ET

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