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Dwight King received 2 for boarding for this hit on Alex Pietrangelo who did not return to the game.

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Paul's avatar

Hitchcock didn’t say concussion post-game, but did say and not exactly quoting, “we all know what the injury is.”

Pietrangelo will be re-evaluated again tomorrow.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/12 at 12:36 AM ET

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I thought he should have been 5 minutes and a game misconduct. It wasn’t malicious, but it was dumb and in a very bad spot. From behind headfirst into the boards. Now that he is probably concussed, a suspension should be in order. I guess the NHL needs to put little stop signs on the backs of the jerseys like they do for bantams if the players aren’t going to look out for each other.

Posted by T on 04/29/12 at 12:48 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

That was a deliberate attempt by one player to injure another player by forcefully driving his head into the glass. They should throw the book at him. In other words, it’s a $2,500 fine. Right?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/29/12 at 01:58 AM ET

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How in the world (notice I cleaned that up) Walkom and Furlatt can be considered competent to referee any Stanley Cup playoff game is beyond me.  They have no clue.

Minimum, blood was drawn so it must be a double minor.  Realistically, it was a charge into the boards headfirst, so he should have gotten a major, and a game misconduct.

He should be suspended at least two games, but we all know how the Evil Garden Gnome and his prejudices affect that.

Doc

PS:  I absolutely refuse to mention that fool who is commissioner by name any longer.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/29/12 at 02:24 AM ET

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That was a deliberate attempt by one player to injure another player by forcefully driving his head into the glass.

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 04/28/12 at 11:58 PM ET

Hyperbole much?  Yes, it was a bad hit, and a good player was injured.  Frankly I have no problem if King is suspended a game and I really hope that St. Louis doesn’t lose Pietrangelo from this, but there’s absolutely no way that you can claim intent to injure based on watching that. Slow it down at around 39 seconds and you can see that the actual contact was relatively minor, and seemingly to Pietrangelo’s right arm, and Pietroangelo went down very, very easily.  Nothing from that angle suggests that he’s “forcefully driving his head into the glass.”  Again though, we need to minimize these injuries and in this case, if Shanahan wants to come down on him for the result, then so be it.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/29/12 at 02:35 AM ET

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DocF - no double minor for boarding. Minor, major or match are the possibilities.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/29/12 at 02:36 AM ET

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After the game, a pool reporter intervied the NHL’s Kay Whitmore, who is the supervisor of officiating for the Blues-Kings series.

Question: What did the officials see on Dwight King’s hit and what went into the decision to give King a 2-minute minor?

Whitmore: “Their judgement of the degree of violence (went into the decision) … they deemed it a minor penalty and that’s why they called it a minor. It’s their judgement. They see the whole play unfold and they didn’t deem in this instance obviously that King drove (Pietrangelo) into the boards. It was a hit, he was in a vulnerable position, but they didn’t deem it violent enough to call a major.”

more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/12 at 10:16 AM ET

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