Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian isn’t always the first guy you think of when it comes to being a big hitter in the league. Heck, you might not even think about Bogosian much randomly anyhow, but you can rest assured that Carolina’s Andreas Nodl knows who he is now.
Bogosian was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Meanwhile, Nodl left the game and did not return. The debate here will be whether or not Bogosian being kicked out of the game will be seen as punishment enough for the hit or if Brendan Shanahan will ask him to sit a few games out.
The hit is certainly illegal and not the sort of thing the league wants to see in any game, but with how curious Shanahan’s rulings have been of late, betting on one outcome or the other might be a bad idea.
Marcus Johansson thinks it’s weird that Mark Stuart wasn’t suspended
“It’s not really my thing to have any impact on it,” Johansson said after the morning skate at United Center. “But seeing [Mike Green] and [Alex Ovechkin] get three games for something that’s pretty similar, I think it’s weird.”
Weird is a good way to describe it when you don’t want to get the league’s attention for criticizing their decision. After seeing the kinds of hits his teammates have gotten nailed for, Johansson makes a good point.
The suspensions given to Green and Ovechkin involved plays that were eerily similar to what Stuart did. You could argue that it’s Stuart’s first offense and he shouldn’t get the same treatment, but Green was given three games on his first offense. And you wonder why Brendan Shanahan’s job is the hardest one in the league.
Mark Stuart earns $2,500 fine for late hit on Marcus Johansson
It wouldn’t be a day in the NHL without some kind of debate over a questionable hit.
Last night during the first period of the Jets’ 3-2 win over the Capitals, Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart laid a high, questionable hit on Washington’s Marcus Johansson putting Johansson down on the ice. Stuart wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NHL stepped in and fined him $2,500 for it. Johansson did return to the game later on.
Should it have gotten a bit more attention though? Take a look at the video of the hit and judge for yourself.
I’m no Brendan Shanahan, but that sort of hit seems like the kind of hit that deserves a bit more scrutiny than a fine delivers.