Last night Raffi Torres threw a dicey hit on an opposing player (as balloons, confetti and streamers fall from the ceiling rewarding me for typing that for the 100th time), and we’re going to take a look at it. So far, the NHL hasn’t followed up on it, so it seems like there won’t be any supplemental discipline.
(Update: Yeah there will be.
SJ’s Raffi Torres will have disciplinary hearing with NHL for hit on LA’s Jarret Stoll. Sounds like request is for an in-person hearing.
Part of me wonders if they won’t just tell him to f*** off and not come back, but that probably wouldn’t be very professional.)
Raffi Torres comes from below the goal line and up to take care of his role defensively. As he skates up in the Kings’ zone, he sees that Jarret Stoll is going to get possession of the hockey puck. Being a physical player, he decides to throw a hit. Stoll has bent down to play the puck with his glove. Torres hits him with his shoulder, impacting Stoll on the side of his head and shoulder simultaneously.
Later this afternoon, Andrew Ference has a phone hearing with the NHL to discuss what happened last night. What happened, by the way, was him hitting Mikhail Grabovski’s head with his elbow. Let’s check out the video, then discuss what we think it’s worth (in ternms of supplemental discipline), if anything.
It’s time to play everybody’s favourite NHL game show, Guess the Shanaban!
Last night Chris Neil made Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres go boom, and got a two minute minor penalty for it. Let’s have a look, break it down, then discuss. Read the rest of this entry »
And here’s a picture of a man hitting another’s face with his shoulder.
Yesterday the Montreal Canadiens got their bums handed to them in every conceivable way possible. They got shelled on the scoreboard, the got out-shot, they got out-hit (apparently they were credited with two hits through two periods)…they just got wiped (which is nice when you get your bum handed to you), and were likely frustrated from the get-go.
And with frustration comes sketchy behavior. Let’s break the two hits down.
In last night’s game between the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs, a questionable hit by Joffrey Lupul on Victor Hedman occurred.
And that’s as much as I can make a sentence sound like Brendan Shanahan without using the exact words he uses.
Let’s talk it out.
Sami Salo has the puck in the neutral zone, and moves it D-to-D to his partner, Victor Hedman. Hedman gets his feet heading up ice intending to gain the red line and make a play. Lupul is on the neutral zone forecheck, playing the role of F1, meaning he will mirror the puck D-to-D, and try to pressure Hedman before he can dump the puck in. As Hedman gains the line, he sees he has teammate Steven Stamkos cutting across the blueline, and decides to give him a bank pass off the near boards with his backhand, which he successfully completes. Lupul carries on to finish his check, and while Hedman may or may not be aware contact is coming, he’s starting to lean away. Lupul extends himself up-and-in to Hedman, making the head the principle point of contact. Hedman stayed down after the play, but there’s no word on his injury just yet.