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Video-Shawn Horcoff Hit On Vladimir Tarasenko

from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Then came Horcoff's decking of Tarasenko. The cheers that followed Tarasenko's game-tying goal 10 minutes before were replaced by the silence of held breath.

Horcoff's forearm appeared to meet Tarasenko's chin. Their knees knocked. Tarasenko crashed backward and was eventually helped off the ice by a trainer. Blues center Steve Ott, never one to turn down an on-ice altercation, went after Anaheim star Corey Perry to retaliate.

By now you know how it ended. Tarasenko returned for the third period and the Blues won 2-1 to improve to 7-2-1.

Tarasenko declined to offer his opinion on if the hit was dirty. That didn't stop others from weighing in. Horcoff wasn't penalized for the blow, but he could hear from the NHL's department of player safety. That seems unlikely, though....

John Shannon of Sportsnet's Hockey Central came to the same conclusion:

"Don't expect any SD for Horcoff after his elbow on Tarasenko … Got his arm up, but what hurt Tarasenko was the inadvertent knee on knee."


Watch the hit below and no penalty on the play...

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“Don’t expect any SD for Horcoff after his elbow on Tarasenko … Got his arm up, but what hurt Tarasenko was the inadvertent knee on knee.”

How can there not be any supplemental discipline? This was as a blatant of an elbow as you’ll ever see in hockey. Clear intent to injure.

Posted by George0211 on 10/30/15 at 08:32 AM ET


Wings fans should be thankful that they do not hear Brian Hayward’s voice very often - he is one of the biggest homers out there - He is the west coast version of Jack Edwards, maybe not as loud, but just as obnoxious.

Posted by scooter on 10/30/15 at 08:42 AM ET

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Don’t worry, Gary Bettman assures me the NHL is deeply concerned with the safety of it’s players.


NHL officials are very good at their jobs, and would never miss a blatant elbowing, especially when it occurs where the referee’s focus should be, such as near or to the puck carrier.


There is nothing to see here.  Move along.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/30/15 at 09:03 AM ET


Discipline based on injury is ridiculous concept. This is clearly an elbow to the head and should be treated like any other similar hits regardless of whether they cause injury.

After all, it is possible the true injury won’t be felt until he’s 65.

Posted by evileye on 10/30/15 at 10:33 AM ET

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