Near the end of the first period of the Devils/Habs game in Montreal, Erik Cole hit rookie defenseman Adam Larsson with a hit to the head. Cole was penalized two minutes for an illegal hit to the head, while Larsson headed back to the locker room to recover from the hit. Thankfully, he was able to return to action in the second period.
It certainly looks like Cole caught the vulnerable Larsson with an elbow as he tried to curl around the net. As the announcers mentioned, this was one of those “drive-by” hits that Brendan Shanahan and Rob Blake have been watching closely.
Was the head the principle point of contact? Absolutely. Was the player in a vulnerable position? Check. But Larsson was also bending down as he reached for the puck. Does that mean that Larsson changed the position of his head enough for Cole to escape punishment?
We through this out to the readers: Should Erik Cole be suspended by the NHL for this hit on Adam Larsson? The comment section awaits.
From Pens TV Online, here’s video of Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby addressing the media following practice (in which he didn’t participate.) The big news of the day, of course, is that Crosby won’t be back on the ice Tuesday after sitting out games against the Flyers and Islanders.
Anyone remember when Teemu Selanne broke Mike Bossy’s rookie goal scoring record? The goal was just like the other 75 he scored that season—but the celebration is what most people remember. After tonight, we can probably say that Rangers forward Artem Anisimov is a fan.
After scoring a sweet shorthanded goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning to give his team the 2-1 lead in the second period, he took aim at the Lightning net. Predictably, all hell broke loose after Anisimov’s celebration leading to 38 minutes worth of penalties—including 10 minute misconducts for Anisimov and Steve Downie (for leaving the bench to join the festivities).
Here’s the question: are you alright with Anisimov’s celebration or did he deserve the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he earned for the move? More importantly, are you alright with Vinny Lecavalier (and the rest of the Lightning players) response? The comment section awaits.
Suspension possible for Alex Ovechkin after ‘spear’ on Chris Neil
Alex Ovechkin provided a positive video in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators, but another clip might just earn him a suspension. Decide for yourself if Ovechkin is guilty of spearing Chris Neil after the Senators tough guy caught him with a hard check (H/T to Russian Machine Never Breaks for video):
Ovechkin didn’t get penalized during play, but Neil received two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Obviously, Ovechkin has been suspended before, so that might work against him. Do you think he deserves a fine, fine and suspension or no punishment at all? Let us know in the comments. It’s likely that the league won’t address the matter until Thursday at the earliest, though.
Dale Hunter’s reign as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals started off shaky, but if there’s one thing he succeeds at, it’s beating the Ottawa Senators. The Caps defeated the Sens 5-3 to give Hunter a 2-3 record that would look a lot worse if he wasn’t 2-0 against Ottawa. The best part might be that it was a collective scoring effort, including Nicklas Backstrom scoring his 10th goal of the season and Alex Ovechkin notching number nine.
Want to know the best part about that best part? Ovechkin looked like the lethal, unpredictable force that made him the NHL’s most exciting force on his goal:
Capitals fans – and likely fans of the sport in general – would love to see more of that Ovechkin. It’s just one goal, but a breakthrough must start somewhere, so why not there?
Now, if they could just bring Alexander Semin back to life …