It’s been a while since I got to write about a controversial hit so I’d like to thank the Washington Capitals for really picking up the slack here and internalizing the teachings of their head coach, Dale Hunter. This of course is about to turn into a predominantly sassy line of reasoning aimed at reminding everyone that Hunter played very much on the edge during his career and was known to cross it.
Tonight, Mike Green made a very Dale Hunter type play with a hit along the end boards directed at Brett Connolly. With Connolly tied up by Dmitry Orlov of the Caps, Green came in and caught Connolly with his head down and pressed against the boards.
In my opinion the play on Green’s part was definitely classifiable under the “predatory” heading and it was completely unnecessary to the play. Given Green’s lack of suspension history (once in the last three seasons) I highly doubt that he gets dinged here. I’m assuming he’ll get off with a fine but that doesn’t necessarily mean he deserves only that.
Take a look at the hit.
What do you guys think? Dirty? Suspendable? Clean? Let us know.
UPDATE: Per Bob McKenzie, Green has a hearing on Friday and is while he is not technically considered a repeat offender for his hit on Michael Frolik two seasons ago, it may play a factor in his hearing. We shall see…