big hits

Henrik Sedin admits Dustin Brown’s hit was clean


Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown absolutely clobbered Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin tonight with a check that was more than a little bit derisive. The majority of the people in the “dirty” camp believe that Brown delivered a late hit. Plenty of people gave the check a thumbs up, however, and Henrik Sedin apparently is in that group, according to Jason Botchford.

Sedin was able to return to the game after missing a surprisingly limited amount of time. He seemed to have a nice impact on the contest, although Brown ended up getting the last laugh with the game’s only tally.

Vancouver didn’t win on Sunday and there will be plenty of people who are disappointed that the Canucks are down 3-0 after winning the Presidents’ Trophy for a second consecutive season, yet it’s likely that their captain silenced talk of “softness” for a long time to come.

Take one more look at that whopping check and decide if you agree with Sedin’s assessment:

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Henrik Sedin shakes off a huge hit by Dustin Brown


Twitter is abuzz with debate about whether or not the check was dirty – not to mention how late it was – but either way, Dustin Brown absolutely leveled Henrik Sedin tonight.

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Naturally, the Vancouver Canucks reacted with anger toward the Los Angeles Kings’ captain, yet it was Henrik’s reaction that was the most surprising. Just moments after needing help off the ice after that colossal blow, Henrik returned to the Canucks bench. He played around the midway point of the second period, yet it remains to be seen if his long-term outlook will be as positive.

In a strange twist, both Sedin twins could very well need some time in “The Quiet Room.”

Niklas Kronwall’s latest victim: Jakub Voracek


At this point, opposing players should monitor Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall as if he’s wearing an ankle bracelet. Time and time again, players put their heads down, lose their bearings or just put themselves in a vulnerable position and Kronwall is more than happy to teach them a harsh lesson for such a mistake.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek learned the hard way tonight as Kronwall absolutely demolished him a jaw-dropper of a hit, which inspired this great medley of mayhem (which includes the latest check, of course).

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We might have to call Kronwall the Swedish Scott Stevens at this rate.

Watch Dion Phaneuf’s devastating hit on Michael Sauer


Should we even have to wonder if Dion Phaneuf is “back” anymore? The Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner looks a whole lot like the guy who was the cover star of “NHL 09” again. He’s using his blazing slapper to rack up goals and assists (18 points despite a four-game scoreless streak), but he’s throwing his body around in a way that prompted people to use his last name as a verb many moons ago.

Watch as Phaneuf … Phaneufs Michael Sauer (plus his stick and helmet) in the video below.

That wasn’t the only notable collision of the game, as Mike del Zotto took a scary hit while trying to touch up an icing. Luckily, MDZ is reportedly OK but Sauer will be evaluated tomorrow according to Katie Strang.

The Maple Leafs won the game 4-2, by the way. Here are highlights from the game.

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Video: Brendan Shanahan shows us the right way to hit someone

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NHL player safety guru and disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has more than done his part to show off how he’s going to be erring on the side of caution and punishing bad hits with stiff suspensions.

While the suspensions have been rough in some cases and some fans are worrying that the physicality of the game is going to be taken away, Shanahan shows off today how that’s both not the case and how players are learning quickly how to not play like fools. Shanahan released a video today showing off how players are making sure to not blast a player from behind when they’re prone as well as some of the great, legal hits through the preseason.

Even more amazing is the fact that a pair of tough guys in Islanders forward Trevor Gillies and Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo show you the right way to deliver a hit. Don’t get too huffy about that Isles and Flyers fans, Kris Letang is a veritable superstar in this one showing the right way to play hockey both ways.