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Wisniewski's dirty hit on Seabrook: Yep, another one

Mar 18, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

Wis.jpgJust when we all started to get past the Alex Ovechkin suspension and
the controversy and debate over the hit on Brian Campbell, we have yet
another bad hit to mull over.

This time, it’s James Wisniewski
taking out Brent Seabrook with a high hit that pasted Seabrook to the
boards and left him toppling to the ice in a heap. Fortunately, I’m
fairly certain that we can all agree this hit is incredibly dangerous,
illegal and definitely suspension-worthy. You can see the
hit here.

Wisniewski was given just a two-minute minor for
charging however, when it seems such a hit would warrant so much more
than that. After watching the video of the hit, you can obviously see
his upper arm make direct contact with Seabrook’s head; technically not
an elbow but this is exactly the sort of hit the NHL is fighting to take
out of the game.

I’m sure the NHL is going to take a long, hard
look at this one and it will be very interesting to see just what Colin
Campbell has to say about this hit. Seeing Seabrook crumple to the ice
like that will not help Wisniewski’s case, nor will the fact that it
appeared he left his feet as he made the hit.

Here’s what I don’t
understand. First of all, everyone knows the NHL is targeting these
sorts of hits after the past couple of weeks. You would think the
players would be careful not to target the head, knowing that the league
is going to start coming down harder and harder on these hits the more
they happen. And you can’t say this was an accidental hit to the head;
his arm was raised and made solid contact above the shoulders on a
player that was standing up tall on the ice.

What doesn’t help
matters is that it seems the hit might have been a bit of retaliation. Just
moments before Wisniewski took him out, Seabrook threw what seemed to be a
blatant elbow to the head of Corey Perry. It was a high high to the back of Corey’s head that sent him sprawling along the boards; the hit went uncalled, and
the play then resulted in the Wisniewski hit.

There might also be some question as to whether Seabrook played up the severity of the hit and embellished his injury, as is mentioned in the video. Seabrook did not return to the ice after the hit, however, so I’m fairly certain his reaction was genuine. Also, I don’t know how someone can get blindsided into their boards, where an elbow drives your head in the glass, and then make an instantly conscious decision to play up the severity of his injury.

Have I mentioned I’m
pretty sick and tired of writing about all of this?

  1. Travis Beuford - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Seabrook didn’t elbow Corey Perry in the head, it was shoulder to shoulder. A legal hit, he just fell akward which made it seem worse than it was. Just watch the video, Seabrook isn’t known for the cheap hits. Wiz should be suspended for that cheap hit to the head. Skating 55 feet to take a cheap shot on a hawk is unacceptable. As a former Wiz fan I am ashamed that he stooped that low. The call on the ice was ridiculous, and so were the refs. I haven’t seen that many bad calls in a long time, they should publicly apoligize to the fans and the club. But what do I know?

  2. The Royal Half - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    The best part about this hit? The fact that the rest of the hockey world will get the chance to see how bad the Ducks broadcasting team of John Ahlers and Brian Hayward are when they watch the video.

  3. Jason K - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    I agree with Royal Half, that was some shoddy “Homer” broadcasting work by the Anaheim crew. Maybe they should think how they would react if their head was bounced off the boards in the same way.
    I’m wondering if rewording/reemphasis of the Charging penalty could ultimately be a solution to this whole mess. Instead of creating a new penalty call altogether.

  4. Jennifer N - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    I have not heard anything about the Anaheim crew comments.. (Im in Chicago, so we have different broadcasters. What happened?
    In regards to the story.. that was a pretty bad hit. I love hockey, but lately.. those check from behind / dirty hits have really made me cringe. The fact that Wisniewski used to be a Hawk.. made it a little worse I think. Can’t we all just get along? (wink)

  5. csb059 - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    The hit on Perry was questionable, but it wasn’t blatant and it happened inteh routine course of the game. It was shoulder height hit on guy who was turning away from contact and skating backward. The fall was much worse than the hit similar to the hit on Campbell (I think there was a suspension on that only because Ovechkin is a repeat offender).
    The Wiz hit on Seabrook was really dirty, multiple penalties could have been called. It was clearly charging, clearly interference, and you could make arguments for boarding and elbowing. The other thing to look at is the 5 seconds before the hit where Wiz takes a run from the blue line, skates at goal (toward Seabrook), but when Seabrook reverses direction to move away from the puck (which was being handled by another Hawk) Wiz darts left so he can deliver the blow to Seabrook. If that’s not a clear indication of intent, I’m not sure what is. And Wiz is claiming he was pinching in and this was a hit in the context of the game. Anyone with decent knowlegde of hockey can see he wasn’t pinching in. And to claim it was legal hit with no intent is just preposterus.

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