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Columbus’ Blake Comeau will chat with Department of Player Safety regarding hit on Smith

Intentionally cross-checking Tomas Jurco in the ribs--over the hockey pants but under the chest protector part of one's shoulder pads--is appparently legal, but checking a player head-first into the boards, when it's captured vividly by the down-low cameraman and available for replay, not so much, even when you're the Blue Jackets.

Via RedWingsFeed...

One out of two...

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien and Sportsnet's Geoff Lowe, here's the hit:

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Department of Player Safety: Kind of a rough hit there.  What do you have to say for yourself

Comeau:  Oops, sorry

Department of Player Safety:  Sounds good.  Try not to do it again, and have a nice day.


Comeau should get a game for no other reason than he needed to realize how lucky he was to only get a 2 minute minor for the hit and therefore watch himself the rest of the game.  Instead, he cross-checks Jurco later and takes him out of the game.

A really dangerous hit that could have seriously injured Smith, and a cross-check that did injure Jurco and Comeau spends all of 2 minutes in the box.  Ball’s in your court Department of Player Safety.  Feel free to dribble it off your foot and out of bounds as usual.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/12/14 at 04:05 AM ET

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I think the Red WIngs need their own department of player safety. A enforcer on their own to play on the forth line,some form of a Probert or McCarty type player with these Eastern Conference rules. Last night was crazy. It was almost as if they were trying to hurt our players purposefully. Refs did not take care of it.

Posted by jpoke on 03/12/14 at 06:11 AM ET

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Jpoke.  As long as we have any forrward on the team that plays 6 mins or less, we should def onvest in someone with more snarl even if they cant score 40 goals amd be plus.30, its still worth it, especially with younger guys taking more prominant roles, theyre going to be targeted bc of.theyre inexperience and.being a little unsure aboutthe nasty side.of.the game.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/12/14 at 06:35 AM ET

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I think the Red WIngs need their own department of player safety. A enforcer on their own to play on the forth line,some form of a Probert or McCarty type player with these Eastern Conference rules. Last night was crazy. It was almost as if they were trying to hurt our players purposefully. Refs did not take care of it.

Posted by jpoke on 03/12/14 at 06:11 AM ET

In today’s game, it is stupid to have a 1-dimensional player on the team. And we tried that with Tootoo and it didn’t work.
No one is surprised at the awful officiating in this league.

Posted by George0211 on 03/12/14 at 08:04 AM ET

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A phone interview means no suspension. Apparently this is what hockey looks like in the current NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/12/14 at 08:05 AM ET

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A phone interview means no suspension. Apparently this is what hockey looks like in the current NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/12/14 at 08:05 AM ET

I think he’ll get a fine, because Smith wasn’t hurt on the play, but at least it will be in his record, which means next one will guarantee a suspension. But whatever, I’m sick of watching this kind of crap in hockey anymore.

Posted by George0211 on 03/12/14 at 08:07 AM ET

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A phone interview means no suspension.

Jordan Nolan disagrees with you.

Posted by Garth on 03/12/14 at 08:42 AM ET

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A phone interview usually means not more than a 4 game suspension.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/12/14 at 08:44 AM ET

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Best resolution is for Smitty to remember that hit and make him pay the price at a later date.  Wings play theure best game when theyre chippy.  When your rookie netminder has to start standing up for himself.. In the biggest game of.the year…. Afyer being elbowed by columbus players being “pushed” into him and.being snowed repeatedly. I say we need more multidimensional hockey players who arent completely spineless.  Thought this was a team game, why mKe your netmindet fight his own battles.  Especially when he kept them in that game after the first.  And no one is sayong we need one dimenaional player.. But they dont have to be the besy 4th liner in the world either.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/12/14 at 08:47 AM ET

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I dont mean a Too Too or Grimson type player hence the McCarty and Probert reference. Maybe this Tyler Bertuzzi will turn into something.

Posted by jpoke on 03/12/14 at 08:56 AM ET

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I dont mean a Too Too or Grimson type player hence the McCarty and Probert reference. Maybe this Tyler Bertuzzi will turn into something.

Posted by jpoke on 03/12/14 at 08:56 AM ET

Maybe he will. Abby is kind of like that, but not really.

Posted by George0211 on 03/12/14 at 08:58 AM ET

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It’s best to turn the other cheek in life and live like a battered house wife. I’m sure someone like Ken Holland preaches and Caine on Kung Fu.

Skate harder equals winning the message will be from Babs and Kenny.
No Gordie Howe, no Bob Probert, no Kocur No Vlad. These Red Wings are a bullies dream to face off against.

Roster full of players that can “skate” comes in handy come playoff contention time doesn’t it, well until half the roster is sitting home injured.

These marshmallows ain’t making the playoffs without Z and Pav.

Team steamrolled by goonish clowns like Jenner, Dubinsky and Comeau, ugh.

Well at least we’ll get justice from the NHL for Smith’s suffering.

Ain’t life fair.

Saw Wingel get a Gordie Howe hat trick last night for the Sharks. Got I hate fighting in the NHL, no place for it,no no no.

wink

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 03/12/14 at 10:32 AM ET

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I dont mean a Too Too or Grimson type player hence the McCarty and Probert reference. Maybe this Tyler Bertuzzi will turn into something.

Posted by jpoke on 03/12/14 at 08:56 AM ET

Mitch Callahan may very well be that player… although we’ll probably expose him next year and he’ll get picked up by another team. I know the McCartys aren’t out there to snatch up via free agency so why has Detroit not tried to develop the next “McCarty”? Oh yeah, they expect the East to play to their style <<<Holland quote, by the way.
Their guys will be abused until held accountable and that isn’t going to happen until they develop a guy that can skate and sheriff the ice a little.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/12/14 at 10:36 AM ET

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Remember how great the Olympics were? No goons, no fighting, no bullshit about “the code”... Less than 4 years left and we can watch great skilled hockey again. Until then, we will can watch the NHL pretend to care about player safety but allow questionable plays happen every day.

Posted by alukacs on 03/12/14 at 10:52 AM ET

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No to an enforcer.  No, no, a million times no.

DET’s best success came when their PP numbers were their enforcer.  Nowadays, the PP sucks, so… why not take an extra penalty or three?

Posted by Primis on 03/12/14 at 01:06 PM ET

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I said this at the beginning of the season, “Every team in the East has at least one enforcer”  Young Wings are not physically developed yet and there needs to be someone who can play 7-9 minutes and stop everyone getting run at!

Tootoo is a gamer but too small, lightweight.  Bert can’t afford to fight.  Aby is not a good fighter.

Comeau should have got smacked around on ice during the game.

Now Jurco is out and Teemu being recalled.  Watch him get run over and over!

Holland at least setup some deterrent for next year!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/12/14 at 01:24 PM ET

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they expect the East to play to their style <<<Holland quote, by the way.

To be fair, it wasn’t Holland who said that.  It was another GM in the East, as I recall.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/12/14 at 01:40 PM ET

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