Word from the NHL is that Colorado’s Darcy Tucker will receive a one game suspension for a raucous hit he put on Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Matt Greene. The league recently added a penalty for excessively rough checks on icing plays, possibly because Kurtis Foster suffered a near-catastrophic injury in such a situation. Take a look at Tucker’s hit and decide for yourself if it was suspension-worthy.
The suspension and brutal check make me wonder, once again, if the league would be better off with no-touch icing. I have to admit, it was often jarring to be deprived of that brief burst of violence while watching the World Junior Championships. At the same time, perhaps the league should consider limiting the chances of injury (especially on a relatively mundane play). Instead of giving you my final verdict, I’d like to take your temperature on the issue. Feel free to cast your vote for (or against) a no-touch icing rule.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day