We’ve had some fantastic hits in this NHL season. Niklas Kronwall has been very lively, Dion Phaneuf has yielded wows from his father (among others), PK Subban is a physical, polarizing force as usual. Despite a bevvy of contenders, Brooks Orpik may have put them all to shame with an earth shattering jolt into the body of Daniel Paille earlier today.
They call it a suicide pass for a reason and Paille found out why. Once he took a floating outlet pass from his own end, it was pretty much all over from there as Paille crossed the train tracks which are inhabited by a man wearing 44. What ensued is described best as “physics” as he went flying through the air, soaring parallel with the ice, and coming to the ground with a crashing thud. Debris littered the ice in the form of his stick.
Take a look:
Kudos to two parties on this one:
1) Daniel Paille for getting up and skating if off like a boss. Seriously, I didn’t expect him to make it.
2) The Boston Bruins for not fighting Orpik and actually respecting the fact he put a nice hit on their teammate.
More of this, please.