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Bouchard’s high stick could bring ‘Shanaban’

Oct 9, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT


NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan will have a word with Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard today. Bouchard drew the ire of the Columbus Blue Jackets for a “baseball swing” on winger Matt Calvert. Bouchard received a four minute double-minor for high-sticking on a play that left Calvert bleeding.

While the Wild side claims it was an accident, Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel perceived an intent to injure.

“It’s definitely an attempt to injure,” Arniel said. “Our whole bench saw it. Their whole bench saw it.

“We want to talk about getting hit from behind and shots to the head, but we allow a guy to stay in the game after taking a baseball swing at a guy’s face? That’s a joke.”

The Wild and Blue Jackets have already been involved in the biggest suspension of the new Shanahan era, as James Wisniewski is still facing a heavy punishment for a dirty hit on Cal Clutterbuck.

If you managed to see the high-stick (video availability is sparse at best), feel free to let us know if it seemed like Bouchard intently struck Calvert.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

  1. 1wildfan1 - Oct 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Anyone who isn’t blind can see it was completely unintentional. In fact it appears Calvert hit Bouchard’s stick into his own face.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      agreed… and not to mention it’s coming from the softest player in the league. No one avoids physical play like PMB. this is a non story just highlighted due to the fact it does look pretty bad because the stick went right to his mouth…. this was not intentional like the over reacting coach is claiming. he needs to get a grip on his bad team before passing blame on others. GET REAL. In the end Bouchard is responsible for his stick and he will accept anything that comes.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        for those who gave thumbs down to 1wildfan1’s comment, please share your own… because that is exactly what happened. No doubt PMB’s stick was going for a slash, but one of those, soft off the faceoff jabs… if Cavert didn’t raise Bouchards stick, this play would have never been noticed by anyone… please please give us your take of the story. would love to hear from ya

  2. cannonblast14 - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Calvert does redirect stick into him but Bouchard goes for the slash on Bouchard and you have to control your stick in the NHL at all costs. So no Shanaban for this, just the maximum fine, which is pocket change for Bouchard. Move along…

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      ” In the end Bouchard is responsible for his stick and he will accept anything that comes.” which i said earlier…. I agree PMB is responsible for his stick and only him but I am trying to defend what wildfan said. “unintentional” is his key work, then there are thumbs down…

  3. katyhockeymom - Oct 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    I was watching the game – my husband and I watched in several times in slow motion from different angles (yay HD DVR) to see what happened because we know PMB is NOT a guy who goes out to hurt people; having missed an entire season due to concussion, he knows the cost of injury. Calvert hooked his own stick under Bouchard’s and jerked it up, trying to keep PMB’s stick off the puck, and he jerked the stick right into his own face. I’m sorry that he’s hurt but it was not Butch’s fault. The only way it could be a “baseball swing” is if the pitcher was issuing an intentional walk. As a hockey mom I’m delighted the NHL is cracking down on dirty hits and intent to injure, but this is definitely not an instance of intent to injure. By the way, the Blue Jackets ought to be ashamed for putting an A on Wisniewski’s sweater even though he’s serving an eight-game suspension for a vicious head shot made after the final horn in a pre-season game. They are hypocrites and sore losers.

  4. 1wildfan1 - Oct 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    And a 2 game suspension. I thought at first Shanahan looked to be the firm hand we needed. But a suspension when Cavert caused the high stick? Hell, plenty of goons on every roster to go out and throw his lips on an opponents stick like this. Wonder if Sid Crosby or Alex O would get suspended for this play. Utter nonsense

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