Lucic can be frequently found hitting people

Sunday looks like it may be a day of film review for NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Saturday’s hockey action had plenty of pace and hitting, but we’ve got three hits which are being called “suspension worthy” for your consideration.

We’ll start our journey of impacts in Philadelphia where Milan Lucic was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Zac Rinaldo of the Flyers. Obviously this wasn’t the smartest play Lucic has ever made given that Rinaldo’s back was to him the entire time. Lucic has already avoided suspension a few times this season so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get dinged here. Was the hit itself suspension worthy? You tell me…

In Montreal, Adam Larsson fell victim to what was probably the scariest looking impact of the night as Erik Cole came flying around the corner and caught Larsson around what looks to be his chin. For what it’s worth, Cole was only assessed a two minute penalty and Larsson did return to the game. Cole doesn’t have much of a rep for this stuff, though the hit did look really bad.

Finally in tonight’s Lightning-Blue Jackets tilt Jared Boll catches Ryan Shannon with his head down and lays him out across the blueline. Once again for context here, it should be noted that Boll wasn’t given a penalty of any sort and Shannon was alright beyond being a little cut up. Boll isn’t exactly a Lady Byng candidate but I can’t help watching this and thinking, “clean hit.”

If I were to guess who gets what, my predictions would be as follows:

Lucic: 1 game
Cole: Fine
Boll: Nothing

Thoughts, faithful Backhand Shelf readers? Feel free to disagree.

Comments (8)

  1. Lucic: 1 game
    Cole: Fine
    Boll: 2 games because that hit was clearly high and it was right after the whistle which makes it look bad.

    Also, a point must be made about the history of the players with penalties. The way Shanahan gives out suspensions & fines it’s clear that he doesn’t take into effect whether the player has a history of brutal hits. He just looks at the hit for what it is, obviously taking into account certain factors i.e. intent

    • Your last point is horribly invalid, watch the Tootoo video. Shanahan mentions his history twice in the video.

  2. Lucic – 2 games
    Cole – 2 games
    Boll – Nothing

    Lucic will get a game or two. He’s skirted a suspension a couple times this season, and it will finally catch up with him.

    Cole’s hit targets the head, and is the only point of contact. He should get a game or two.

    Boll’s hit was questionable. He makes contact with the head, but he hits him from straight on. I don’t see him getting anything.

  3. Lucic’s hit isn’t all that bad as it is kind of from the side. I say kind of, as it is still certainly from behind. The real problem I have with Lucic’s hit is that Rinaldo is in a vulnerable and defenceless position (ie. facing the boards). Watching the replay it’s a spot where there is no need to throw a hit on him. Lucic could have scooped the puck, pinned him to the boards or simply bumped him. I’m all for guys finishing their checks but not in a dangerous and reckless way. Lucic could certainly be criticized for being reckless more than once this year.

    2 games for Lucic. 2 for Cole and 0 for Boll. Cole appears to target the head. Boll’s hit looks clean but unfortunate.

    Also suspending Cole will gives Habs fans more fuel for their “conspiracy” fire.

  4. Lucic 3 games!
    Cole fine or 1 game.
    Bpll hard to call fine.
    Leafs organization 82 games since they will miss the playoffs anyway.

  5. Boll should get 2 games for his hit. This is due to him leaving his skates to finish is check.

    Cole should get 2 as well. You can see his hit was going to deck Larsson from the side/ back. Then to stick his elbow out because he over-skated the hit is uncalled for.

    Lucic will probably get a game for a questionable hit. You can see that Lucic’s forearms are planted in Rinaldo’s side underneath his raised arm.

  6. Lucic will get nothing, for reasons that remain uncertain.

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