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Kerry Fraser On The Alex Pietrangelo Hit

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I did not like this illegal hit or the penalty assessment one bit. Even if there had been the absence of an injury to the chin of Alex Pietrangelo, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards a major penalty was warranted under rule 41.3—boarding and needed to be identified as such.  If this type of “check” from behind and resulting impact with the boards is only worthy of a minor penalty I am fearful for what it will take for a major infraction to be identified by the referees….

Once Alex Pietrangelo was at his bench it became obvious that an injury did result from the boarding infraction as was observed by the back referee Stephen Walkom.  It is most confusing to me why the initial boarding minor was not then changed to a major and game misconduct penalty as a result of the injury.

read on and you can review the hit below…

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Paul's avatar

Pietrangelo did practice this morning but unknown if he will play tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/12 at 04:29 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Fraser doesn’t have Shanahan’s job, but maybe he should.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/30/12 at 04:39 PM ET

awould's avatar

I agree. I think a former referee would be the ideal guy for that job.

Posted by awould on 04/30/12 at 04:58 PM ET


Fraser doesn’t have Shanahan’s job, but maybe he should.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/30/12 at 02:39 PM ET

He’ll never get the job. He was one of the good refs that was chased out of the NHL by Bettman and his boys.

NBC should hire Fraser to do instant reaction like FOX does with their NFL coverage.

Posted by FlyersFan on 04/30/12 at 05:40 PM ET


It was a border line bad hit. I think the call was right.

Posted by timbits on 04/30/12 at 11:57 PM ET


Stupid question - How far away from the boards do they have to be for it not to be called boarding?  He was between 6 and 8 (closer to 8) feet away from the boards when King made contact, with one hand/arm.  I don’t think it was that questionable.  But what do I know?


Posted by Stuck at work from Mid Michigan on 05/01/12 at 12:20 AM ET


He had him in that no man’s land.  He should have let up, but Pietrangelo shouldn’t have himself in that position. 

We were always taught to hug the boards, never stand a few feet away.

Right though that Fraser, Shanahan and a third party should do discipline.  2 out of 3 to determine punishment.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/01/12 at 02:50 AM ET


Its a bad situation cause it effects the series, but at some point players have to take some responsibility for the position they put themselves in also.  To many players these days turning their backs at the last minute to draw penalties, players aren’t being strong on their skates, and missing the basic fundamentals at the highest level it leads to injuries.

Posted by Erik on 05/01/12 at 11:22 AM ET

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