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Video: Marian Hossa's hit on Dan Hamhuis

Apr 24, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

So, here’s video of what will probably be the next hit of great debate. What’s your take: is it dirty or not? Let us know if you think it was dirty, not dirty or even suspension-worthy in the comments.

 
  1. jephro - Apr 24, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Even a tap from behind going into the corner is a dirty hit. That’s how people get seriously hurt. And he gets to come back on the ice in OT and win the game…? thats just not right.

  2. shagboy - Apr 24, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    that push was worse than Ovechkin’s. Hossa was behind, not beside, and clearly extended both arms into Hamhuis’ back. So of course there won’t be any further penalties.

  3. peepsaf - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    As dirty as Ovechkin’s. Did Hamhuis play in OT? Campbell clearly left the game, that’s why Ovechkin was assessed the misconduct as opposed to the major only. If Campbell had not been injured on the play, Ovechkin would have came back and quickened the eventual comeback.
    Overall, stupid play. This has got to stop.

  4. go - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    As much as the black hawks cried foul play when Ovechkin hit Cambell they should know this was a dirty hit. Then not to get tossed from the game? Those refs need to be thrown out themselves for missing that call. Ovechkin was immediately thrown out of the game…why not Hossa? I just hope Hossa is not in the wrong place at the right time…someday somewhere….someone may hit him the same way. I can only hope that the guys in Toronto make the right call now, and that be he is suspended for at least 5 games for a blatant cheap shot….

  5. jd - Apr 24, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    You people are kidding me right? Hossa barely even touched him! Hamhuis had an unfortunate fall, but this is not suspension worthy.

  6. B from dc - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    I wonder if the blackhawks owner will call for hossa to be suspended for the rest of the season. Blackhawks are the penguins of the west

  7. Phillip - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Not suspension worthy. The guy had the puck and hossa made contact with his shoulder. Ovie should have got a double minor and Hossa should have gotten a minor. The End.

  8. Phillip - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    The guy didn’t even go head first like Cambell. Cambell got rid of the puck before he got hit. Hamhuis still had the puck. Nothing like Ovies hit.

  9. Wayne - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Give me a break, Ovechkin hit Cambell full on with his stick and both arms after the puck was well away from the hit, while Hossa made the hit with the puck at Hamhuis’ feet, and got him with one arm. There is no comparison. What about Toews getting cross checked into the boards earlier in the game, with no call?

  10. Rich - Apr 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    The still shot above says it all. Hossa’s mitt is in his ribs and the puck is at his feet. The hits are in completely different realms. Ovechkin’s hit was handled correctly and I’m not even sure Hossa’s should have been a major.

  11. johngaltx - Apr 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Clearly it is the boards that are causing all these problems in the NHL. What they need to do is either install soft springy rubber boards like NASCAR has done to soften the blows from being slammed face first into an immovable object, or to appease the WWE segment of the hockey crowd, replace the boards with wrestling ring ropes; that way when a player is smashed head first into the boards they can recoil back at the opposing player and lay him out. I haven’t figured out how hard-arounds and dump-ins would be affected, but not every solution can be 100% perfect.

  12. mike mccabe - Apr 25, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    hossa got brian berard way back when..he does not hesitate to take out his man ..it is what it is..he deserves 5 and a slap in the face……

  13. Andy - Apr 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    There is NO doubt about the differences between Ovie’s hit on Campbell and Hossa ‘hit’ on Hamhuis. If you look at the videos again, Ovie had a VERY clear pushing motion – elbows bent – in the middle of Campbell’s back. Hoosa appears to have straight-armed Hamhuis, going for the puck, which he is allowed to do. AND from where I see this, Hossa was slightly in back of Hamhuis, but absolutely on the side of him. Had Brian Campbell hit that board differently, his neck might have been broken! There is simply no comparing these plays.
    The Caps’ coach said that sometimes Alex doesn’t know his own strength. The last time I heard that statement, I was watching “The Flintstones”. I think Ovie a.k.a. “Bam Bam”) clearly shoved Campbell, yet he continues to play like nothing happened. That alone warrants the NHL taking more serious action in that case.

  14. Ryan - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    The debate isn’t between Ovechkin’s vs Hossa’s hit. It is was Hossa’s suspension or fine worthy.
    The hit was out of line on many levels. The way I see it was that Hamhuis was defenseless and he did not have any sort of possession of the puck. Hossa delivered the hit was to the upper back, indicating that his intention was to throw Hamhuis off balance. Had he placed his hand on the lower part of the breezers and “rode” Hamhuis into the boards this would be legal.
    This is enough evidence to justify malicious intent and he should have been removed from play and also should be fined.

  15. Jean - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    No, not a dirty hit. He barely touched him.

  16. caleb - Apr 28, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    The hit was an intentional push to the back, to say otherwise is ridiculous. It was a dangerous hit. The question is was a suspension warranted. The NHL has no clear judgement on these decisions. Based on a comparison to the Ovie hit. The Ovie hit was much more intentional and resulted in injury. Whereas Hamhuis was not injured and continued to play. Blackhawks’ fans remember last year when the puck was at Havlat’s feet and that Detroit player laid him out. You claimed he didnt have possession because he hadn’t touched the puck yet. Here the puck is hit just after Hossa hit’s him. The right call was made. A five minute major was assessed for the dangerous hit. No suspension due to no previous issues with the league and doesn’t appear to be an intentional wipeout. It was intentional hit but their doesn’t appear to be any malice in the hit. The puck was right there in play and 1 step closer and a hand on the hip and he could have smashed him into the boards legally.

  17. Saint - May 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Of course it was a dirty hit – but the NHL wanted, I guarantee you, the Blackhawks to move on in this series; no way were they going to suspend a ‘star’ during this crucial playoff series. He should have been tossed but no way were they going to do that to a chicago player in this series. That said, the predators let this one slip away…

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