For those of you who weren’t watching the Senators-Canucks tilt tonight, Nick Foligno had an interesting night of hockey.
It began in the first period with his hit on Cody Hodgson.
The hit certainly appears to be clean as Foligno went straight through his man, elbow tucked, no charge. Obviously Hodgson took the worse of the encounter, as he got up woozy and didn’t return. That being said, the result was worse than the hit itself and you can’t fault Foligno for that. He fought Dale Weise less than two shifts later which theoretically put him all square with Vancouver on that one.
The second hit certainly appeared to be worse when it happened, though you could argue there were some theatrics by Kesler at the time as the replay shows the impact wasn’t too severe. Foligno got a boarding penalty and a ten minute misconduct for arguing with said boarding penalty. Truth be told I’m not sure how this is “boarding” given that there wasn’t much force behind it, hitting from behind maybe, but not boarding. I’d have to think Foligno’s misconduct which he received on top of that was more a matter of keeping things under control rather than the punishment matching the crime.
Foligno’s third period was without incident once he finished serving the balance of his misconduct, and I’m sure he was just fine with that. His final line – no points, TOI – 8:07, PIM – 17.
UPDATE: Here’s Foligno/Kesler/Vigneault reaction to the hit(s) by Foligno: