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Video: P.K. Subban’s hip check on Brad Marchand

Dec 17, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

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There are dying traditions in sports. Some of them prompt fans to say “good riddance,” such as the pre-lockout era in which obstruction penalties were largely ignored. Others are missed, though, like the lack of quality mid-range shots in the NBA.

One thing that people miss in hockey is a well-timed hip check.

To some degree, the evolution of the game explains the increased rarity of such checks. Simply put, it’s a lot more difficult to line someone up for a hip check when the targets move that much quicker.

That doesn’t mean they’re extinct altogether, though. Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban may be a brash, cocksure young player, but he can make an impact when he’s not a healthy scratch. Just ask 22-year-old Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who was walloped by Subban with this hit.

  1. nikolainyr - Dec 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Love the hit. Marchand looked like he just got ran over by a truck.
    I just hate that players get challenged to a fight for delivering big clean hits. I need to see more big open ice hits like this.
    Marchand was so excited he got that much speed going through the zone, he couldn’t stop looking at the puck, and Subban leveled him for it!

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