March 3rd, 2013, 10:10 PM #1
Dan Girardiís OT hit on Tyler Ennis, and why it wonít lead to suspension (VIDEO) (Puc
As the hockey world debates Pat Kaletaís injurious cross-check on Brad Richards, some Buffalo Sabres fans have contributed the following query to the conversation: What about Dan Girardiís hit on Tyler Ennis in overtime of the New York Rangersí 3-2 shootout win?
Girardi was given two minutes for boarding at 54 seconds of overtime.
As the video shows, Ennis collects the puck behind the net as Girardi rushes in to check him. The Rangers defenseman looks like heís trying to cut Ennis off and create a turnover. Ennis turns his back to the hit to protect the puck. Girardi hits him square in the back, sending Ennis to the ice.
Boarding? Sure. Suspension-worthy? A chief consideration both in handing out a major or suspending Girardi is whether ďthe opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check.Ē
This was a bang-bang play, and thatís exactly what happened.
Weíd be surprised if there was a suspension. And, for the record, this doesnít even belong in the same conversation as the Kaleta hit.