Such was the case last night for the Ducks defenseman against the Calgary Flames when Sbisa was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for headbutting Flames forward Tim Jackman. Jarome Iginla would score on the major power play and send the game to overtime where the Ducks would win in an eight-round shootout.
In the middle of a scrap between Wild forward Nick Johnson and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, Johnson was called for a 5-minute major for headbutting and received a 10-minute game-misconduct for “intent to injure.” There’s no question that headbutting has no place in the NHL or anywhere else in hockey. Just ask Patrick Kaleta.
What about a play where it’s not as clear? It’s clear that Iginla thinks that Johnson delivered an intentional headbutt, but others weren’t as sure when they saw the replay. What do you think? Do you think Johnson knew what he was doing and deliberately led with the top of his head, or do you think it was just an accident between two players in the midst of a fight?
Something to keep in mind: if true, Johnson was delivering a headbutt without a helmet to a guy who was still wearing his helmet and visor. Let us know in the comments if you think Johnson deserved 20 minutes worth of penalties. Without further adieu, here’s the video of the fight and alleged event:
Where does headbutting fall on Shanahan’s punishment list? We’ll find out soon
With Shanahan bringing in a new heavy hand for action, Kaleta could be looking at a short vacation for his actions on Voracek. Kaleta also has a suspension history with the NHL. Shanahan has enough material in Kaleta’s past to work with here to take action if he sees fit. Headbutting is a no-no on a few different levels.