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You make the call: Did Nick Johnson headbutt Jarome Iginla?

Nov 8, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

Nick Johnson, Kyle Brodziak AP

In the middle of a scrap between Wild forward Nick Johnson and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, Johnson was called for a 5-minute major for headbutting and received a 10-minute game-misconduct for “intent to injure.” There’s no question that headbutting has no place in the NHL or anywhere else in hockey. Just ask Patrick Kaleta.

What about a play where it’s not as clear? It’s clear that Iginla thinks that Johnson delivered an intentional headbutt, but others weren’t as sure when they saw the replay. What do you think? Do you think Johnson knew what he was doing and deliberately led with the top of his head, or do you think it was just an accident between two players in the midst of a fight?

Something to keep in mind: if true, Johnson was delivering a headbutt without a helmet to a guy who was still wearing his helmet and visor. Let us know in the comments if you think Johnson deserved 20 minutes worth of penalties. Without further adieu, here’s the video of the fight and alleged event:

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    First off Iggy, don’t start the fight then cry half way during it if something doesn’t go your way. I can’t tell if there was a headbutt or not, it doesn’t look clear so I’ll say no but with a maybe??? leaning towards a def no, nothing looks intentional… and that Johnson was really barking at Iggy in the penalty box makes me think it was an accident, cuz otherwise you wouldn’t stand up for yourself in that situation… next time Iggy, take your helmet off and square up not after a goalie stoppage, just saying. No matter what I think the ref’s did a poor job. 7-2 on penalties, seems kind of one sided and not too mention one obviously was a major… I also like the ref telling Koivu to (cough cough OFF) when speaking to the zebra after the “headbutt” LOL. nice, just nice!! all that said I don’t want to come off as a homer because I couldn’t hear the penalty calls as they happened since I was at the bar but the last call against Colton didn’t look like boarding at all…. let the players play and or call it both ways. maybe the Wild really did commit all those minors but it seems a tad unlikely… bad bounces for Calgary and lucky for the wild on the first goal.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:17 AM

      after watching the replay 10 times. NO WAY WAS THIS A HEADBUTT. horrid call by the ref to give into Iggy’s cry. PUH LEASE! nothing against iggy or the flames but come on man’

      • kopy - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        Admittedly, I’m a Wild fan, but my opinion of Iginla was swayed a bit after this bit. I used to respect the guy. Fighting a guy with no helmet while he still has his on (even though it looks like he ripped Johnson’s off) is a little weak, but not a big deal. But to stop and turn to the refs during a fight and cry “headbutt!” is downright disgraceful. It’s like his only goal from getting into a fight was to look for ways to give his team a penalty advantage.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        I see what Iggy is calling the ‘headbutt.’ Around 0:40, Johnson thrusts forward with his head down. Now I don’t think Johnson was looking to ram him with his dome. More like push off without exposing his face (if ya ever been a hockey fight then you know what I’m talking about). I am surprised that people are coming at Iggy as if he broke a federal law. Stars complain all the time. That’s one of the perks. And Iggy took off Johnson’s helmet during the fight. It wasn’t like Johnson put down his helmet out of respect.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    here is a better angle of the headbutt.

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