Mattias Ritola

PHT Morning Skate: These aren’t the bumpkins you’re looking for

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register adds some fuel to the Ducks-Preds rivalry after a 4-2 Preds win via Twitter saying, “Keep it classy, bumpkins.” (@jeffmillerOCR)

Tyler Dellow is on the job again. This time he discovers a court case about former NHL’er Garrett Burnett getting busted for steroids. Georges Laraque would like to talk to him. (mc79hockey)

Chicago’s John Scott is still looking for someone to dance with. Dance with their fists that is. (ESPN Chicago)

Andrei Markov is hitting the road with the Canadiens. No, he’s not even close to playing. (Sun Media)

The Bruins are wise to the Oilers’ success so far this year. Good thing or else they might get run out of the barn. (Edmonton Journal)

Matt Carkner is skating again for Ottawa but he’s not close to returning and getting rough with opponents. (Senators Extra)

Colin Fraser’s controversial route to Los Angeles via semi-bogus trade from Edmonton finally comes to life as he’s set to join the lineup. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Steve Ott isn’t hitting the road with the Dallas Stars. A little less aggravation for their opponents’ fans will be nice for them. (Dallas Morning News)

New Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu is thankful for his time in Pittsburgh. Hope he took a lot of pictures, chances of joy in Columbus are pretty low. (Empty Netters)

Mike Cammalleri is confident the goals will come in Montreal. He’d better hope so or else it’ll sound like, “Et le BOOOOO!” up there. (Montreal Gazette)

After clearing waivers, Mattias Ritola is apparently taking his talents to MODO in the Swedish league. (Lightning Strikes)

Finally, check out Nashville rookie Craig Smith getting tricky with Jonas Hiller and banking one in from behind the goal line. (NHL)

Video: The hit that earned Mattias Ritola a two game suspension

Earlier this afternoon, we passed along news that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mattias Ritola received a two-game suspension for a hit on New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

The problem was that we weren’t able to find any video evidence of the hit.

As the league tends to do, the suspension was handed down and then the video became available. As you can see from the clip posted at the bottom of this article, Ritola hit Moulson from behind/the side and clearly left his feet for a second to administer the hit.

It strikes me as a less violent version of the Niklas Hjalmarsson hit on Jason Pominville from earlier this season. The thing that really made it an easy suspension was how prone Moulson was in that situation and the fact that Ritola left his feet.

Do you think the suspension was appropriate? Or was it too long or too short? Let us know in the comments.

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Mattias Ritola receives two game suspension for hit on Matt Moulson

I haven’t been able to find any video of the hit (not even on Youtube … what is this world coming to?), but Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the NHL handed Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Mattias Ritola a two game suspension for a hit he delivered to New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

Here is how Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune describes the hit and (thankfully) how it didn’t really affect Moulson that badly.

Early in the second period, Ritola left his feet along the boards, leading with his backside and putting his elbow to the back of Moulson’s head, sending Moulson into the side boards. Ritola was assessed a five-minute major for charging. Moulson stayed in the game, scoring New York’s first goal.

“If it’s a hit that deserves suspension, you have to live with what you do,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said Wednesday after the game. “I know him, he’s not a cheap shot guy at all, he’s a skilled guy.”

Charging hits can be awfully dangerous, so I am glad that the NHL punished him … especially considering the fact that Ritola’s own coach admitted that he should be suspended for the hit. We will provide video (either within this post later on or as a separate update) if it becomes available from the NHL.