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Tale of two hits: Thornton to have hearing with league, Carcillo apparently won’t be punished

Nov 5, 2010, 1:56 PM EST

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Last night was what you’d call a feisty night in the NHL. With plenty of tough hits, some bordering on illegal, the NHL offices likely spent most of the morning reviewing tapes of questionable hits. We saw a tough hit from Sharks forward Joe Thornton as he leveled Blues forwards David Perron as Thornton was exiting the penalty box. Thornton was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. As it turns out, that’s enough to get noticed by the NHL as Thornton has a phone call scheduled with the NHL this afternoon to find out if he’ll have any other punishment.

Our guess here is that Thornton getting sat down during the game should end up being punishment enough for his hit and there’s no need for a suspension here at all. If you’re looking to try and make sense of anything, Shane Doan of the Coyotes got a three-game suspension for a similar brand of hit that didn’t injure Dan Sexton of the Ducks.

Speaking of things that don’t make sense, it appears that Dan Carcillo won’t have a meeting with the NHL. Carcillo hit Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko with what appeared to be a flying elbow in the head reminiscent of something out of the WWE. Carcillo wasn’t called for a penalty and it’s not because referee Marc Joannette didn’t see it, it’s because he felt that Fedotenko could save himself some trouble and “not duck” next time.

Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull tweets that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren doesn’t expect the league to talk to Carcillo.  Now, let’s make this clear here.  If Carcillo doesn’t get any action taken against him here you can consider us completely off the bandwagon when it comes to Rule 48 regarding head shots. If hits like what Carcillo made on Fedotenko aren’t worthy of being addressed after the fact, then what’s the point? Reviewing these kinds of hits after the fact is supposed to be one of the big parts of Rule 48. Looking past a hit like this involving a guy with a past littered with questionable hits is insanity. After all, if the league isn’t going to take this sort of thing seriously, why should we?

  1. strummerdood - Nov 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    It was clear that the hit to the head wasn’t intentional. Fedotenko had his head down in open ice and Carcillo was getting ready to capitalize when at the last second, Fedotenko dropped. I don’t know if he caught on edge or “ducked” but you can’t blame Carcillo for the hit, he was just throwing his body in his direction. Thorton’s case was undoubtedly a dirty hit.

    • ch0pstyx - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM

      I absolutely agree Strummer. I normally agree with most of what is written in these articles that is opinion, but saying Carcillos hit should warrant a meeting with the NHL is just silly. Now, I will say he does leave his feet which is a charge, but the elbow to the head was in this case a tragic accident due to the falling of Feds. Open your eyes, it wasn’t a head shot in the traditional sense. I mean, just watch Carcillo after the hit and notice no one on the Rangers charging over to kick his ass for it. Apparently the refs weren’t the only ones who saw it as incidental.

  2. ch0pstyx - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Also, Carcillos past speaks for itself and I’m not saying he is a saint, but just because he has a checkered past of questionable hits doesn’t mean every hit he throws should be put under a friggen microscope.

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