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.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.