Above: two skill players

So, for all the hype generated tonight about the Halak/Price “rivalry” (spoiler alert: Halak wins) the game between the Blues and Canadiens got chippy with plenty of after the whistle action, hard fought scrums and some BIG hits. The two biggest hits of the night came courtesy of P.K. Subban and T.J. Oshie.

I don’t know what it is about using initials instead of a first name which compelled these players to throw their weight around in this fashion, but I’m glad they did. First up for you consideration is PK bringing the hammer down on Barret Jackman of the Blues.

Next up we have Oshie rocking Raphael Diaz over the middle of the ice.

Oshie’s hit is definitely closer to the realm of “dirty” given that Diaz was engaged with a backchecker and it could be argued that he hit him from the blindside. What do you think, Backhand Shelfers? Dirty?

Comments (5)

  1. Oshie’s hit was definitely a blindside.

  2. not sure how big a fan i am of the “butt/back” hits

  3. Get real!! Dirty???

    Don’t take the puck up ice with your head down/leaning forward.. Simple peewees taught us that..

    Plus add in the fact Diaz saw him coming, reaches forward to try and pass, instead of reverse checking Oshie..

    I’ll further answer this question, with a simple solution, if TJ Oshie had the puck, or was reaching to give the puck, he has his fair share of spectacular reverse hit checks in the open ice on youtube..

    PK’s hit completely legal on Jackman. Jackman wasn’t happy about it, he was injured on the play, and his status is still uncertain.. But if it was a dirty hit, he would’ve let PK know for sure about it, or another Blues player would’ve as the Blues completely dominated most facets of the game last night.

  4. I think what added to most of the stuff after the whistles was the fact of how many Blues wanted to put on a show for clearly a lot of people in attendance.

    Perron- had 67 Guest passes for after the game.

    Stewart- had his family watching live for the 1st time this season

    D’Agostini- had friends/family watching

    Plus add in the fact some other players had family/friends in town, the Board had A LOT OF MONEY on it last night…

    Also the way in which the Blues were forechecking, zone time, and their North/South game clearly clashed with the Softer Hab’s team that didn’t expect the tenacity the Blues were working with in the corner’s, as it seemed many puck battles were causing 1 on 1 scrums, as evidenced by the picture atop this thread…

    I will give the Hab’s credit, they kept the ref’s from having to issue any majors..

  5. Subban’s hit was squeaky clean, nobody got hurt, and Jackman looks like a jackass for wanting to fight about it.

    Oshie’s hit was blindside, but wouldn’t have been a headshot if Diaz’s head hadn’t dropped at the last second. Maybe penalty-worthy, not a suspension.

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