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Marcel Goc out 2-4 weeks; Should Nicklas Backstrom be suspended for boarding hit?

Oct 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

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Sometimes conspiracy theories make the tin foil hat wearing masses look like … well, they’re wearing tin foil hats. Yet sometimes, there seems to be a little fire to go with that smoke.

Perhaps Nashville Predators fans and writers have a point when it comes to their team being on the short end of the stick when it comes to suspension-worthy hits. During their heated first round series in the 2010 playoffs, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa plowed Dan Hamhuis into the boards and received a penalty, but did not face a suspension. Now it seems like another Predator will suffer from the repercussions of a boarding hit without the league punishing the culprit, as Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck points out that Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom should probably face a suspension for his boarding hit on Marcel Goc.

Goc reportedly will miss 2-4 weeks because of injuries stemming from the hit, which you can see in this video.

The hit actually reminds me quite a bit of Alex Ovechkin’s controversial boarding check on Brian Campbell from last season, as Backstrom hit Goc from behind with the resulting impact being unexpectedly severe. Hoag points out that Susan Slusser of NHL Fanhouse caught up with Predators forward Steve Sullivan, who said he hopes that the league takes a look at the hit.

“I absolutely hope the league takes a look,” Sullivan said by phone. “We all watched video at the start of the year about the kinds of hits we’re trying to avoid.”

Sullivan said he didn’t believe that Backstrom was trying to intentionally deliver a hit while Goc was in a vulnerable position, but, he said, “We’ve got to clean this up. With something like that, there’s no way to protect yourself.”

So, after reading some of the reactions and taking a look at the video, what do you think? Should Backstrom be fined, fined and suspended or given no punishment for his hit on Goc? Vote in the poll below.

  1. 013hip - Oct 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    First, let me say that I don’t believe that Backstrom was in any way trying to injure Goc.
    However, if he would have just delivered the hit without the arm extension move that helped shove Goc into the boards (with force) then I would say “Clean hit”. But after watching the video several times I noticed that after the initial shoulder hit, Backstrom followed up with the shove that drove Goc into the boards. It looks like the “force” of hitting the boards came from the arm extension shove after the initial “hit”, so yes, a fine and 1 to 2 game suspension should be handed down by the NHL if they ever want to get the message across.

  2. predlady - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    I noticed that after the initial shoulder hit, Backstrom followed up with the shove that drove Goc into the boards. It looks like the “force” of hitting the boards came from the arm extension shove after the initial “hit”, so yes, a fine and 1 to 2 game suspension should be handed down by the NHL if they ever want to get the message across

    “after the initial shoulder hit” followed by the shove indicates that indeed it was intentional.If he did not wish to injure, why would he follow through after he had already had hit him? Never underestimate the desire to injure. Watch any hockey or football game and you will see it time after time. It is just luck that more are not injured than are injured. He definitely deserves to be suspended.

    • 013hip - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

      If you want to be taken seriously, you first have to take off the “team -colored” glasses, Miss Predlady. While I agree that punishment should be handed down, you also have to consider the fact that hockey is a rough sport and that Backstrom is a aggressive (but not dirty) player. Did he mean to hurt Goc?, not in my opinion.

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