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Video: Craig Adams' hit on Marc-Andre Bergeron

May 2, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Late in the game of a 3-1 win by the Montreal Canadiens over the Pittsburgh Penguins, we had yet another illegal hit that sent a player headfirst into the boards. Here’s the video of the hit:




First the good news: despite what appeared to be a neck or head injury, Bergeron declared after the game that he was just fine.

Craig Adams was handed a 5-minute major for “checking from behind” and a 10-minute game misconduct. The checking from behind call, the one that comes with an automatic misconduct, is a penalty that is rarely called these days in favor of the ever popular and much more subjective “boarding”, in which the officials can hand out any number of penalties associated with that call.

Word is that the NHL has already declared that the hit will not warrant any further discipline by the league, as it’s apparent they feel that the 15 minutes in penalties were enough punishment. Of course, the hit came with just over two minutes remaining in regulation during a 3-1 game, so Adams didn’t exactly feel the full brunt of the punishment.

If Bergeron was carted off the ice on a stretcher, which was certainly a possibility considering how he hit the wall, I doubt the NHL would have been so quick to pass on further punishment.

  1. Kevin - May 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Adams got Bergeron right on the Numbers. If Colie doesn’t suspend Adams I will be really suprized

  2. Larry - May 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Collie will never challenge the Pittsburgh Penquins. There will be no suspension because Sydney might be offended and we can’t have that. Also Collie has no balls

  3. Derek - May 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    “If Bergeron was carted off the ice on a stretcher, which was certainly a possibility considering how he hit the wall, I doubt the NHL would have been so quick to pass on further punishment.”
    You’re right, I mean, look at Marian Hossa … oh wait

  4. Mark - May 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    There is no consistency in any of Colie’s boarding rulings. It shouldn’t matter if the perp had priors,if he’s a “class” player or if the other player gets hurt or not. It should be based on the action itself. Since no one really knows a player’s “intentions”, make a rule and stick with it. When Adams did this, the game was over for the Pens. Halak was not going to allow two goals in the last two minutes today. So should he be suspended? It was a reckless hit like Hossa and Ovechkin and only one of those wound up serving time. I think with both Adams and Staal out, it would change the tilt of this series toward the Habs. So the ruling…….no suspension. Nothing is ever fair with Colie.

  5. Bob - May 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Sydney? The country in Australia? Or Sidney? the gold medal, Stanley Cup champion?? And maybe Penguins, eh? (no q smart guy) haha. The NHL is not obsessed with the Penguins and it is truly getting old hearing this from dumb “fans” all the time. For suspension I can see this going either way. Adams is not a repeat offender, but with the hit late they can call for “message sending.”
    They rule for repeat offenders is in place for a reason. I’m not even going to liberate those comments with responses.

  6. Bob - May 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    *city in Australia. haha.

  7. MNMINVA - May 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    “They?? rule for repeat offenders is in place for a reason. I’m not even going to liberate?? those comments with responses.”
    Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Too many grammer critics here. Let’s just comment on the comments. It’s sports not a college paper.

  8. Bob - May 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    It was a joke. dont be retarded queer.

  9. Ray - May 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    That’s right. COLIE’S GOT NO BALLS!!!!!!!!! He’s a chickenshit who should read the rules and dole out the punishment as stipulate anyway. Doesn’t matter that the game was out of reach for the Pens or little time left in the game (all the more reason to punish Adams as he figured neither him or the team would have anything to lose). The act/intent was still there and Adams wanted to send a message to the rest of the Canadiens for the next game. Cooke is just a dirty player and nothing else. For Sid The Kid to say that Cooke is only doing his job is to condone the cheap shit he does most of the time. It’s time somebody took him out like Bertuzzi did Moore. Lo and behold that would be poetic justice and the little cheap shot artist may never play again while the assailant would only serve a mere 20 games or so for such an infraction. Those are the rules that Bettman and Colie apply only to certain players. I hear they are handing big balls at the NHL Awards Dinner and the first two recipients may be Bettman & Colie. Oh and by the way, isn’t it funny that Burkie doesn’t like the hitting from behind and all the other crap, but he signs a bunch of goons.

  10. MNMINVA - May 5, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Nice talk. Are you really in the third grade or is that just the extent of your intelligence.

  11. stevie LL - May 6, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    This looked worse than Hossa/Hamuis or Ovechkin/Campbell to me.
    Glad Bergeron is OK. He was lucky not to be penalized for
    Belanger’s teeth…

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