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Video- The Scary Keith Ballard Incident

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Scary scene on the ice here tonight when Ballard’s head was driven into the red dasher on top of the boards at the visiting bench in the second period. Ballard was bleeding from the face (Nate Prosser said there was blood on the dasher) and players said Ballard initially looked unconscious and was convulsing.

Athletic therapist quickly turned Ballard on his side to open up his airway and doctors surrounded him and called quickly for paramedics. After a few minutes, Ballard was assisted to his feet and helped slowly off the ice.

First, the hit. I’ve watched it a dozen times and every time I watch it, I think it was more and more needless by Matt Martin. Whether Ballard was dodging the check or not, it was an absolutely needless hit, plain and simple, and came well after Ballard dumped the puck into the corner. Just look at the replay. There is nobody else in the screen but Ballard and Martin because the puck was long gone.

Yes, Ballard turned to avoid the check, but it was Martin that drove Ballard recklessly into the red dasher in my opinion.

more on the hit and the Wild comeback win...

Watch the incident below and Mike Yeo post-game...

 

 

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Ugly incident but Ballard absolutely turns at the very last moment which is what causes the trouble. Martin finishes what would have otherwise been a completely clean, hard hit without incident.

Also, that Wild announcer (LaPanta?) is, like so many around the league, an unprofessional dipshit….

“...that was a dirty, vicious hit…” later “I only saw the tail end of it so I really didn’t catch the full brunt of it.” Oh really? Then wait until you see the f***ing replay before you crucify Martin.

Posted by godblender on 12/10/14 at 11:52 AM ET

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