In the short time I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to this blog, I’ve gotten to profile a lot of seriously dirty hits. However, we’ve gotten the odd gem as well. The good ole fashioned clean open ice hit which gives you sympathy pains for a week. This is one of those hits.
In today’s Canadiens/Devils game, P.K. Subban absolutely destroys Adam Larsson crossing the blueline with the game tied at three in the third period. No elbow, no headshot, no nothing. Just your standard body-to-body hit that people don’t want to lose from the game.
It’s unfortunate that Larsson got hurt on the play when he slid into the boards awkwardly, but it was no fault of Subban. According to Pete DeBoer, the injury “looks like a bruise” and Larsson should be okay going forward. The hit was the second time Larsson had a rough time in the game after he took a shot from Mathieu Darche earlier in the game.
As far as DeBoer is concerned, that’s just Larsson’s game:
“He’s trying to make a difference in the game. That’s his mentality. He’s that type of player. He’s grabbing the puck and going with it in the tough areas and he took some tough hits doing it. I give him full marks,” DeBoer said. “He’s a tough kid that’s trying to make a difference in an important game.”
With the Devils already hurting on the back end and Kurtis Foster in the coach’s doghouse, Larsson will need to make a speedy recovery for Devils fans.
Here’s the hit.
Obviously Larsson is a rookie and rookies take shots. They try to make plays they could at levels were players were slower, less skilled and weaker. It’s part of the learning curve that comes with an NHL career and a reason why we’ve seen guys like Tim Connolly get nailed for being too cute earlier in their career – Connolly, you may recall was quite the dangler earlier in his career – and not so much later on.
As far as P.K., I’m officially rooting for the guy. Some of the flak he has taken in his career is absolutely ridiculous. He comes off as a good dude and plays with a high intensity. You’ve got to love that as a hockey fan.