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Video- Charlie McAvoy Hit Tonight

You make the call. 

Call on the ice, 2 for illegal check to the head.

 

 

added 9:18pm, Pretty similar hit by Drew Doughty in the playoffs last year.  Watch below and FYI, no penalty on Doughty for the hit.  But was suspended one game.

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I’m pretty biased but that looks like a clear cut very intentional hit to the head.

Is this Bruins’ rules or what?

In a playoff elimination game when there’s no tomorrow how can you not call a major?

Are officials still gun shy after the call on the cross check to Pavelski?

More importantly and I know this sounds like a joke by now:

Is the league serious about eliminating gratuitous, avoidable head shots?

No? Sometimes? Give the magic 8-ball a shake?

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/06/19 at 08:14 PM ET

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Read this on TSN site this evening. Some players have agreed to NHL concussion lawsuit.

...Players who accept the settlement will receive at least $22,000 (U.S.)...

Good to see the league taking care of players… $22K for loss of cognitive function….

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/06/19 at 08:20 PM ET

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That there is a two minute option for such an infraction would look to be problematic.

Posted by Squarewheels from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 05/06/19 at 08:22 PM ET

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Head hits should be an automatic five and the gate. I’m sorry, but there’s no place in this game for such garbage like this.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/06/19 at 08:32 PM ET

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It’s a suspendable hit.

Can’t wait until we read McAvoy will have to miss 1-2 preseason games next season.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/06/19 at 08:36 PM ET

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Since the SJ-VGK game, there’s no way this was going to be anything but 2 min.

Posted by HaHasek on 05/06/19 at 08:53 PM ET

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That’s likely right, HaHasek, but it’s also an
example of what’s so inconsistent and unreliable
about NHL officiating.

Had a major been called tonight, the only thing those two plays would have had in common
is a five minute major in an elimination game.
The plays are not at all similar. If you have integrity you evaluate
them independently on their own merits. You don’t punish one team for
something that happened to another team on a totally different type of play.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/06/19 at 09:04 PM ET

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Rule 48.3:

Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an
opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and
such contact to the head was avoidable is not permitted.
In determining whether contact with an opponent’s head was
avoidable, the circumstances of the hit including the following shall be
considered:
(i) Whether the player attempted to hit squarely through the
opponent’s body and the head was not “picked” as a result of poor
timing, poor angle of approach, or unnecessary extension of the
body upward or outward.
SECTION 6 – PHYSICAL FOULS
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFFICIAL RULES 2018-2019
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(ii) Whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position by
assuming a posture that made head contact on an otherwise full
body check unavoidable.
(iii) Whether the opponent materially changed the position of his body
or head immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit in a way
that significantly contributed to the head contact.
48.2 Minor Penalty – For violation of this rule, a minor penalty shall be
assessed.
48.3 Major Penalty – There is no provision for a major penalty for this rule.
48.4 Game Misconduct Penalty – There is no provision for a game
misconduct for this rule.
48.5 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 with an illegal check to the head.
If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline can be applied by
the Commissioner at his discretion.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 05/06/19 at 09:31 PM ET

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That is clearly a targeted hit to the head.  He should be suspended multiple games in the next round.

Posted by w2j2 on 05/07/19 at 12:54 AM ET

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Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 05/06/19 at 10:31 PM ET

So the ref’s only options were minor or match penalty? Seems like the right call then.

Needless and dangerous hit to be sure, but I don’t think it was an attempt to injure. McAvoy doesn’t strike me as a dirty player.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/07/19 at 07:41 AM ET

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but I don’t think it was an attempt to injure. McAvoy doesn’t strike me as a dirty player.


what was he attempting to accomplish by driving his shoulder through Anderson’s face? He saw him coming, he lined him up, and he landed his shot exactly where he had targeted. It doesn’t matter how McAvoy is perceived, his actions were dirty and warrant a suspension.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/07/19 at 07:55 AM ET

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and he landed his shot exactly where he had targeted

Sure he did. Don’t you think Anderson would have been a little less friendly in the handshake line if he truly thought McAvoy was trying to take his head off?

https://twitter.com/Buccigross/status/1125579252647301120?s=20

And I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve a suspension. It was a reckless, blindside hit.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/07/19 at 08:05 AM ET

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Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/07/19 at 09:05 AM ET

So your logic is that McAvoy wasn’t trying to injure the Anderson because Anderson was friendly with him in the handshake line? Because that would be one of the dumbest arguments possible.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/07/19 at 09:43 AM ET

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Because that would be one of the dumbest arguments possible.

Thank you

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/07/19 at 09:51 AM ET

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48.3 Major Penalty – There is no provision for a major penalty for this rule.

That, right there, is just plain wrong. If the players want to protect their peers and owners want to protect their investments, a 5 minute major has to be an option. I’d argue that ANY hit to the head should be a minimum of a a double minor.

 

Posted by evileye on 05/07/19 at 01:31 PM ET

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