Aaron Rome certainly has a way of infuriating Canucks fans. During the Stanley Cup finals his hit on Nathan Horton helped change the feel of the series for the worse for Vancouver and last night he did more of the same against the Ducks.
Rome was whistled for an elbowing major penalty and kicked out of the game for his hit on Ducks rookie Devante Smith-Pelly.
To make things extra painful, the Ducks would score three times on the major en route to a 4-3 win over the Canucks. As for the hit, well, you make the call: Will Rome get suspended for this reckless abandoned run at Smith-Pelly?
The hit certainly comes late and if nothing else it should’ve been called charging rather than elbowing. The follow through on the hit certainly makes it look like elbowing. It’s a high hit but not necessarily a head shot. You could say the Canucks were punished enough giving up three goals on the major and losing the game. Will Brendan Shanahan seek more though? Rome being a repeat offender won’t help his case that’s for sure.
Does Rome sit for more or not? We’re thinking he gets away without a suspension.
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When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.