The last thing Anton Lander saw before his face started hurting

We have yet another hit for Brendan Shanahan to consider as Steve Ott made contact with Anton Lander’s head in today’s Stars-Oilers tilt.

In the realm of who Brian Burke might distinguish as a rat vs. those who are not rats, Steve Ott is in some sort of nebulous zone between the two. On one hand, he has a lot of the rattish qualities we’ve come to expect from the Dan Carcillo’s of the world. On the other, he does actually provide value as a two-way forward.

Take a look at this hit and pass along your opinion.

I don’t think Ott gets suspended for this hit, mainly because I have a hard time distinguishing if he was targeting Lander’s head or if he was simply trying to play bigger on Lander at a bad time and caught his head.

I’m open to your interpretations.

Comments (2)

  1. How about the much worse elbow to the head by Andy Sutton on Loui Eriksson in the same game?

  2. Why such a negative view in you headline and a more positive view in you story?

    He was not targeting the head, that’s obvious. Neither did he leave his feet. To me, it actually tried to pull up a little on the hit.

    Sometimes the hit-tee has to share the responsibility of where the contact takes place.

    Of course, there is always the disadvantage for a hitter NOT wearing the Detroit red.

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