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A lot has been made of the devastating hit that Doug Weight laid on Carolina rookie Brandon Sutter last night. There are a lot of different opinions out there, and I thought it would be appropriate to offer my opinion. Not just as a Carolina Hurricanes fan, but a hockey fan.
What happened happened. Sutter was trying to make a fancy move, playing the puck off the boards to himself. He reached for the puck and put his head down for half a second. That’s all it took. He never saw Weight coming, and Weight had no way of anticipating that Sutter would lunge, lowering his head. Add the speed of the play into the equation, and it’s just a really unfortunate play.
In just about any other league, a penalty would have been called. Regardless of intent, a player has to be responsible with his shoulders and elbows, and he must not hit a player above the shoulders. The NHL doesn’t have any specific rules on blows to the head. By the letter of the law, this was a clean hit. It wasn’t interference, it wasn’t charging. It was just a huge open ice hit.
Some Canes fans, including one prominent blogger are upset with Doug and wish there would have been some form of frontier justice. I can’t board that train. Then again, some folks still haven’t let go of the Orpik/Cole incident.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes needed some big-time heroics from goaltender Cam Ward to hang on to a 4-3 victory. Although he was on the bench for the two previous games, he wasn’t the least bit rusty. He made 57 saves, including a stop on a penalty shot with less than one second to play in regulation. He was easily the game’s first star by anyone’s account. Except, of course, the Islanders radio network, which picks the “official” three stars. Somehow, they left Ward off the card entirely. Although the game ended well, it wasn’t all pie and cake for Carolina.
The Hurricanes got off to a good start, pushing off to a 2-0 lead early in the first. The last time the Hurricanes led a game 2-0 was March 28 of last season in a 7-1 win over the Thrashers. Throughout the second and third periods, the Canes committed one penalty after another, putting themselves perpetually on the PK. The good news is that the defense responded well to that, killing seven of eight penalties. But there was bad news They gave up a shorthanded goal, and they lost two players to injury.