Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sens v. Sabres: The drama continues

Well, I know what game I'll be tuned into tonight. Tom Benjamin sums up what's at stake nicely in his piece from this morning:
Colin Campbell should get Lindy Ruff and Bryan Murray on a conference call and say, "Boys, I've got two words I want you to pass on to your teams before tonight's game...

"Todd Bertuzzi."
Now that is a very good point.

The general consensus (outside of Buffalo, that is) is that Chris Neil's hit on Chris Drury was a legal one, but to me the question is 'should it be?'

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14 Comments:

At 6:44 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger John said...

So it's legal to...
-- hit from behind
-- take five strides to hit a player
-- hit a player in the head

Man, things have changed since I was a referee...

 
At 6:52 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger D.R Green said...

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At 7:57 PM, February 24, 2007, Anonymous mikk said...

http://www.wgr550.com/sabres/fullstory.php?id=2195

this is the letter golisano wrote to bettman. and i believe many in buffalo agree that it was a "legal" hit, however, that does not make it a "clean" hit which is where the views of buffalo fans and many others diverge

 
At 8:18 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger Remis said...

CBC has to change their schedule once in a while, it is ridiculous not to show the Ottawa/Buffalo game as opposed to a Toronto/Philly. It doesn't make any sense.

 
At 10:01 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger D.R Green said...

why is my comment deleted, it wasnt bad.

 
At 10:54 PM, February 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many of the latest string of injuries/concussions (Drury, Shanahan, Lupul, Gilbert, etc) were really the result of the impact of the hit? Watch the replays and note that since these guys are too cool to do up their chin straps properly they end up smashing their skulls into the ice as they fall. No one wants to see injuries like Drury's, but since Neil didn't contact him in the head to begin with it's a bit disingenuous to suggest that he was going for blood. First rule of contact hockey - keep your head up. Drury didn't and got nailed for it - cleanly.

-BDV

 
At 11:02 PM, February 24, 2007, Anonymous dave in Rocha said...

The hit wasn't late, it wasn't (really) from behind, and yeah maybe Drury should watch his chin strap more. But Neal, without question, put his shoulder right into Drury's head. THAT is what makes it a dirty hit. If he wanted to finish his check by hitting Drury in the shoulder or even in his back, it's fine. But watch it again, he puts his shoulder right into his head. And Neal has thrown enough checks in his life to know what he was doing, it wasn't a mistake.

 
At 11:29 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger John said...

I guess if he had peripheral vision like a lizard he could have seen the hit coming... but Bettman only wants one cold blooded creature in the league...

 
At 11:46 PM, February 24, 2007, Blogger Desdemona said...

So it's legal to...
-- hit from behind
-- take five strides to hit a player
-- hit a player in the head


It'a legal to...
-- hit from the side
-- finish a check (watch a replay, he did NOT take 5 strides, his legs were widely separated traveling on speed he's accumulated before Drury even touched the puck)
-- hit a player with his shoulderpads.

Of those, I have a problem with the third. It's not always avoidable, but in this case it most probably was. Do I know for sure? No, I can only theorize along with everyone else. Even Neil said after the hit that he wasn't sure if he had put his elbow into Drury. If he not sure about his elbow...

 
At 2:07 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day, hitting separated the man from the puck. Now, if the puck is, let's face it, on the same playing surface, everybody's fair game. Neil's hit, like many that are delivered each game, was a dangerous, blindside cheapshot. No amount of parsing the letter of the law can change that. Drury is not a bird with eyes on the side of his head. With no call forthcoming from the blind zebras, Buffalo had every right to take matters into its own hands. Worse, One-Eye, Back-Pass, Screwdriver, Whiner and Caboose were all too cowardly to defend their only decent goalie. What a sorry excuse for a hockey team.

 
At 4:49 AM, February 25, 2007, Blogger S. said...

I know I can't be the only one that sees the irony... some Buffalo fans went to the extent to make videos of the Umberger hit last season.

Now the same thing happens to their captain, and the world is about to collapse!

I said last year that it's not too hard to hurt someone when you go up high and hit them with your shoulder pads. At that time, quite a few Buffalo fans were too busy making their clip compilations to notice.

So I think it's pretty ironic that almost the same exact hit is cause for such outrage.

 
At 11:00 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The homers broadcasting for MSG in Buffalo put their own spin on the horrific-ness of the hit, and it sounded like a bunch of whining. Although the hit might have been a little late, it was not dirty. Hockey is still a contact sport. That being said, Ottawa and Buffalo will be a most entertaining series should they meet in the post season.

 
At 11:15 AM, February 25, 2007, Blogger Danny Pugsley said...

The legality of the hit can be debated for eternity given the current rules, but a simple rule should be that any hit which makes contact with the opponent above the shoulders (ie. neck upwards) should be ruled an illegal one.

That would end the legal/clean debate.

 
At 12:03 PM, February 25, 2007, Blogger Paul said...

The CHL and CHA have a rule for this sort of thing. Any hit to the head - be it a stick, elbow, shoulder - is penalized with an additional 10 minute misconduct on top of whatever penalty (if any) was assessed on the play.

 

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