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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup conference quarterfinals, Chicago’s Bryan Bickell bore down on Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who was playing the puck behind the Canucks’ net.

Bieksa didn’t see him approaching, was vulnerable, and Bickell lowered his shoulder and drilled the defenceman in the head, sending him flying, a tremendous collision of the type that is certain to make the next Rock’em Sock’em collection.

It was a virtually identical hit to the one with which Vancouver’s Raffi Torres flattened the vulnerable Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook, concussing him, in Game 3. The only difference was that Bieksa had the puck, Seabrook did not, so where Torres was handed a minor penalty for interference, Bickell was entirely unpenalized.

continued and watch the Bickell hit below, along with the Torres hit so you can compare the two…


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difference, this unsuspecting player had the puck. And this is after the league made known this was the kill zone, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP SON…

payback’s a bitch, ehh?

Posted by pstumba on 04/25/11 at 11:37 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Given what we’ve seen already, shouldn’t Bickell be gone for game 7?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/25/11 at 11:38 AM ET

Pharazon's avatar

if Torres didn’t get suspended…

although who knows what the Colin Campbell Whhel of Justice (TM) will reveal

Posted by Pharazon from England on 04/25/11 at 11:38 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Bickell didn’t even get a penalty on that shot. Gotta love the inconsistency of the refs and Campbell.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/25/11 at 11:40 AM ET


only reason torres got a penalty was cause seabrook didnt touch the puck. I’d say thats consistent.

Posted by pstumba on 04/25/11 at 11:42 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It was a virtually identical hit

Virtually identical and actually identical are not the same thing.

For one, Bickell actually did make contact with Bieksa’s shoulder.  For two, as the article points out, Bieksa played the puck.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/25/11 at 11:45 AM ET

Bosephus's avatar

I’m not sure how you label them the same exact hit when one dman had the puck and one didn’t.  Not the same at all.  Keep you head up.

Posted by Bosephus from Behind enemy lines, Denver, CO on 04/25/11 at 11:47 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

Campbell told everyone the hit was legal, and Bieksa had the puck. so no problem.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/25/11 at 11:51 AM ET


Blindside? No way, Bieksa was facing Bickell but had his head down while getting rid of the puck.  Seabrook, on the other hand, was looking in the opposite direction for the puck, which he never got the opportunity to touch.  Most significantly, a call isn’t going to made on a play like that in overtime.

Maybe the hit will have shaken something loose in Bieksa’s noggin, and he’ll now remember that he shouldn’t go around jumping people like Stalberg and Brouwer because some day the ref just might call an instigator like he’s supposed to.

Posted by Yimmy from MN on 04/25/11 at 11:56 AM ET


to be serious for a second, I don’t particularly like either hit. if you want to get rid of head shots there should be no “hitting zone” or “thunderdome” or “killzone” or whatever you want to call it where everything is legal. I will say this, Torres hit opened up a can of worms. That is why I like Bickells hit, it is sending a message right back to them. Too bad it wasn’t on Torres, but Bieska is a great option. After jumping two hawks players, one of which had only one NHL fight, and the other who had just taken a flying elbow to the head, THEN he brags about it while being escorted from the ice, telling the hawks bench something along the lines of “thats 2”, I think he had some payback coming.

Posted by pstumba on 04/25/11 at 11:57 AM ET


Superficially identical, but not substantially identical. This is a shoulder check that barely grazes Bieksa’s head. Torres’ hit was a head check that barely grazed Seabrook’s shoulder.

I don’t have any problem with this hit.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/25/11 at 12:25 PM ET

blammo's avatar

Players are learning to graze the shoulder before landing their hit to the actual target, the head.

In this way, the hit is legal.


Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 04/25/11 at 01:10 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

both look dirty to me, but the league calls them legal in the post season. Both look like 3 game suspensions in the regular season.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/25/11 at 01:27 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I saw the hit when it happened & thought gee What is RECTUM Campbell going to do with this one

Posted by Evilpens on 04/25/11 at 01:37 PM ET


Actually they ARE substantially the same, but superficially different.  This shows the difficulty of calling contact at that speed.  It is also why no penalty is called on consistent application of the zone rule, however flawed.  If we insist on the shoulder getting hit, teams will have to hire forechecking dwarfs to comply.  The flawed rule beats the alternative, no body checking at all.

Posted by MattinSurrey on 04/25/11 at 01:38 PM ET


Aiming for the jaw is not a superficial difference vs aiming anywhere else.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/25/11 at 01:51 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

  If we insist on the shoulder getting hit, teams will have to hire forechecking dwarfs to comply.

Or they’ll have to hire people who can aim four inches to the left or right of a guy’s head when he’s in a vulnerable position.

Choosing not to hit a guy in the head is not some horribly difficult task.  It’s not a Gordian knot.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/25/11 at 02:04 PM ET

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