From what I can tell, last night’s incident between Jannik Hansen and Marian Hossa is one of the more polarizing we’ve seen this year. Hell, I couldn’t find a video that wasn’t labelled “CHEAP SHOT” or contained commentary explaining why it was totally clean or had the Blackhawks announcers immediately villifying Hansen. Point is, make up your own mind here.
The puck came out into the neutral zone area towards Hansen and Hossa, the latter having body position. Because of that, Hansen jumps a little and reaches up to snare the puck from behind Hossa. In the process – either intentionally or unintentionally, Hossa takes a rap off the back off the dome, and finds himself face down. He left the game, and wouldn’t return. No word on his injury as of yet. Hansen has a clean history, but apparently this play will be looked at by the league.
It’s too tough to say whether Hansen meant to or didn’t, so the League will find it impossible to suspend Hansen. I think they’ll fine him for a reckless play, which I’m not even sure it was (if he was in fact innocent in his intentions, it’s more unfortunate than reckless), but I think they’ll want to appease the Blackhawks who are none-too-pleased about it.
In the comments, we’d love to hear if you think this was a malicious play, or just a hockey play. The caveat: you have to honestly list your favourite team (I have no dog in the fight as an Isles guy, but I’m from British Columbia, so do with that what you will). That doesn’t mean if you’re a Blackhawks fan and you think it was an intentional head shot that your opinion will be immediately discounted. I just think we’ll get a pretty good idea just how down the line this one is.