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Nesterov wallops McKenzie

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov delivered a heavy hit to Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie. It looks quite bad:

Edit: Via Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, turnabout was fair play as Jamie Benn sent Victor Hedman to the locker room for the balance of the evening with this hit:

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Don’t see how Nesterov doesn’t sit for a few games.  That was not a good hit.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/15/15 at 11:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Battle of two teams with former DRW Executives:  Yzerman vs. Nill.

Man, that was a brutal game.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/16/15 at 12:11 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

so the Benn on Hedman hit was first (04:33 of the 2nd),
then came the Nesterov on McKenzie (04:04 of the 2nd).

... keep your heads up, boys.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/16/15 at 08:07 AM ET


Don’t see how Nesterov doesn’t sit for a few games.  That was not a good hit.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/15/15 at 11:41 PM ET

McKenzie turned, and even though Nesterov was tracking him, I don’t think he expected him to turn away from the offensive zone. Things like these always look worse in slow motion.

Posted by George0211 on 10/16/15 at 09:18 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I’ll be curious to see what happens here.

Benn shouldn’t come flying in from so far out though.  My initial reaction was that Hedman should be aware of himself, but then I realize he whiffed on a pass and was concentrating on trying it again when he got it.  Definitely discipline-worthy IMHO.  Not a throw-the-book-at-him one though.

I can’t for the life of me get the embedded Nesterov one to play.  I did find this one on reddit though:


This…. oy.  This one is tough too.

It’s a hit from behind, and one that results in a dangerous tumble into the boards.  However, the problem here is that Nesterov is like only a single stride from McKenzie and is trying to simply hit him, not hit him towards the boards.  However, McKenzie in playing the puck naturally takes a turn to his left exposing his back during that final stride-length.  It’s important to note here that McKenzie is NOT protecting the puck necessarily.  He simply received a pass, and is turning to go back up ice with it.

But Nesterov is committed to the hit at the time McKenzie is receiving the pass and is turned a completely different way.  It’s not exactly Nesterov’s fault that McKenzie turns like he does.  Nor is it McKenzie’s fault that he’s, like, playing the puck.

To me, this is one of those plays the league just needs to shrug and say “Look, it happens, it’s hockey”.  There *is* no way you can take this particular hit out of the game without taking hitting out entirely.  There’s always a risk of a result like this.

And I don’t think the league should just simple punish the result.

Posted by Primis on 10/16/15 at 09:33 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I really didn’t think the Nesterov hit was bad - more that McKenzie was caught turning and off balance while he took the hit.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/16/15 at 12:42 PM ET

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