Do you get the sense that Paul Gaustad is a man on a mission since publicly calling himself out after Milan Lucic concussed Ryan Miller? We featured him two nights ago here on Backhand Shelf after some rough play initiated by Gaustad resulted in a Jesse Winchester concussion. There was some debate among those in the hockey world (namely the Ottawa media stick all) over whether or not that was a dirty hit. You Backhand Shelf readers voted unanimously for “clean hit” and the debate was put to rest in my mind and the internet.
Well, tonight there was no debate as Gaustad caught John-Michael Liles of the Leafs clean in the Sabres end after taking a pass from Phil Kessel off the sideboards with his head down. The result was earth shattering as Liles needed to leave the ice (temporarily) as he attempted to recollect when he skated over a set of train tracks.
Report: Liles hit so hard the Michael was knocked clear out of his first name.