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Was Tanner Glass hit suspension-worthy?

Apr 2, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

There’s little doubt in my mind that Tanner Glass was guilty of charging Jeff Halpern in last night’s Kings-Canucks game, but the question is: should the hit be the first offender of the league’s new rules on blindside hits? Click here for a video of the hit in question.

Last night’s game was a brutal affair that also featured a scary moment in which Alex Burrows took a shot to the throat. The hit was discussed in this short story from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

Halpern’s head slammed into the boards and he left the game. Glass was assessed a two-minute charging penalty.
“I thought it was a clean hit,” Glass said.

“I was coming in on the forecheck, he knew I was there. He exposed the puck and I finished the check. The explanation I got was that I have to let up on that.

“I don’t agree with them but that’s how it goes.”

I often find it difficult to judge hits like these along the boards, but Glass took plenty of strides. Is it suspension-worthy? I’m not quite sure. The league certainly has made it difficult for me to judge one borderline hit from another. I wonder if that’s the ultimate plan …

  1. The Royal Half - Apr 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    I think if the league is serious about cracking down on the “blind side hits” this is prime example. Even though Halpern is in a vulnerable position, his line of vision is no where near where Glass is coming from. Remember, the new NHL rule is hits to the head and blind side hits. Interesting to see where this one will land.

  2. Kings_talk - Apr 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    I was at the game last night and it was a pretty brutal hit. Yeah, Halpern was exposed as he went for the puck, but the headshot was deliberate. It wasn’t like Halpern lowered his head right as Glass came in for the hit. Glass knew exactly where his head was and hit it. There is no question in my mind that the hit was suspension worthy and should have been a more severe penalty than a minor in the game. Even the nucks fans sitting next to us agreed that it was a dirty hit.

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