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Refs throw Todd Bertuzzi out of Blackhawks-Red Wings game for elbow on Ryan Johnson

Mar 28, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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A player getting ejected from a game for throwing an elbow is a borderline news story in today’s NHL, but when that player is notorious Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi, the buzz increases substantially.

Bertuzzi received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct after elbowing Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Johnson in the head. (Click here for video of the hit.)

Will Bertuzzi receive a fine or a suspension on top of the in-game punishment? That’s anyone’s guess. There are a few factors working for and against the infamous once-power forward:

Why he might get suspended:

  • His name is Todd Bertuzzi.
  • It was an elbow to the head and Bertuzzi turned his back to Johnson, which might indicate that there was some frustration involved.
  • Also, his name is Todd Bertuzzi.

Why he might not get suspended:

  • It wasn’t an overly egregious hit, from an admittedly subjective perspective.
  • Johnson left the game briefly, but returned (at least during the first period), so a lack of serious injury – at the moment – might play in Bertuzzi’s favor.
  • Bertuzzi was booted from the game, so some might feel he already had his moment in “time out.”

Overall, it would be surprising if Bertuzzi received more than a game and it’s possible he will leave with a fine or less. But how do you feel he should be treated? Let us know in the comments.

  1. govtminion - Mar 28, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    As much as I’d like to give an opinion, I’m an Avs fan, and I watched him try to cripple Steve Moore live on TV a few years back. So while I’m inclined to throw the book at him, I admit I’m biased.

  2. tc1610ns - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    he is screwed detroit gets no calls from refs and bettman hates detroit he will get at least 3 games

    • ven9898 - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:17 AM

      Bettman hates Detroit? The Wings get no calls? Bold talk from someone supporting one of the lowest penalized teams over the years. Tired of the typical whining from you scumbags out of Detroit. If you think he doesn’t deserve supplemental discipline, you’re truly as stupid as your moronic comment implies.

    • cshearing - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      Detroit gets no calls?!?!?! What I see in Detroit is the team penalized the least, but commits infractions constantly. Holmstrom probably deserves a goalie interference call on 50% of their power plays, but does not get called that often.

  3. chrispel78 - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    a week or two ago, i pointed out that Cooke wasn’t the only dirty guy in the league, and the NHL needs to make sure it doesn’t just focus on Cooke if it wants this “headshot” thing to be taken seriously, i even named Bertuzzi specifically(though that might have been on another forum).

    if the NHL doesn’t suspend Bertuzzi for a minimum of 10 reg season games with 1 playoff series, they’ll just prove that the only reason they felt like suspending Cooke wasn’t because of his hit, but because Mario had the brass to call them out. and let me be clear, Cooke deserved his suspension, but so do lots of others. (Gillies shouldn’t have been allowed to set foot in the NHL or AHL after the Federal league BS he performed against Tangradi)

    let’s look at some parallels, shall we?

    Cooke: made a cheap-shot(though legal) that has effectively ended a career in the past. went several seasons without being suspended and only doing annoying little “barnaby/avery-style” things. then blatantly elbowed a guy in the head and got 10+a playoff round
    Bertuzzi, made a cheap shot(and not legal) that ended a career, and nearly crippled the victim. went several seasons just being an annoying barnaby/avery type, then blatantly elbowed a guy in the head.

  4. quixotissimo - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    I remember when the Steve Moore incident happened. I remember calling for his head, but anymore I just feel bad for Bertuzzi. I mean do you really think he was trying to break the guys neck? Yeah he was going in for a cheap shot and a sucker punch, and I still believe he should be held responsible for his actions, but I just have to believe if TB had one moment to take back it’d be that one. I’d be much bitterer than he is if my entire career was defined by one really stupid mistake.

  5. derpdederpdederp - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    can we just get this guy out of the league already? he adds nothing to the game and should have been gone for good after he almost killed steve moore

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