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Paging Mr. Shanahan: Kronwall gets Kronwall’d

Nov 15, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

There was an ugly scene in St. Louis tonight as Blues forward Chris Stewart shoved Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall into the boards in the middle of the first period. It was one of those hits that Stewart could have called from the locker room and just said something like, “Hi Brendan, take a look at your schedule and let me know when we should schedule my hearing.”

The bodycheck was one of those hits that seemingly covered everything that the league is trying to get out of the league. It was a shove from directly behind when Kronwall was in a vulnerable place on the ice. The defenseman lost his balance after the shove, went head-first into the boards, and lay motionless on the ice as his teammates went after Stewart for the hit. After the Wings’ medical staff attended to Kronwall on the ice, they had to help him off the playing surface and into the locker room.

Meanwhile, Stewart was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. If we were betting men here at PHT (no comment), we’d say the in-game penalties are the least of Stewart’s worries.

Take a look at the shot and let us know what you think? There’s no question that it’s a dirty hit in a dangerous place on the ice—is it suspension worthy? If you were wielding the Shanahammer, how many games would you give Stewart?

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    2 game suspension.

    But can we talk about the Blues for a second here? Won 3 out of 4, with 1 OTL since Hitchcock arrived. Now tied with the “red hot” Red Wings. Killed 6 power plays tonight, including a 5 minute one earned by Stewart on that hit. I don’t want to put too much emphasis on this one, rather short streak but things are looking good for the Blues to return to the playoffs for the first time since the lockout.

    • taytay099 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      Blues made the playoffs in the 2008-09 season.

      I think he gets 5-7 games for this wreckless play. Pushed dangerously into the boards from behind when he doesn’t even have control of the puck.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM

        Whoops, I’ve not paid attention to hockey much in previous years. Thanks for letting me in on that little secret.

    • bluesrawesome - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      Your right the Blues look super good out their hopefully its the change they needed to get this hockey club going cause its a good one.

  2. cannonblast14 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Give him what Ovechkin got for hit on Campbell.

  3. Ilya Pinchuk - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    He’s gone. Hit from behind. Kronwall didn’t have the puck. Defenseless player. Injury on the play….what was Stewart thinking? I mean, some of Shanahan’s calls have been…questionable, but this is pretty much the textbook definition of a hit they want to eliminate. Wouldn’t be surprised if he got 10 games+ — I mean, lesser acts have gotten the wrath of the Shanaban. Wouldn’t want to be Stewart tomorrow.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    He’s staring at his numbers from the middle of the ice to the boards and still decides to run him from behind even though he never has the puck. 5 games at least

  5. bluesrawesome - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    I’m Blues fan and im not going to stick up for Stewy on this one. It was a terrible terrible and quite honestly I hope he gets suspended for at least 4 games so he learns not to do it agin because that was the type of hit that can also really hurt a players spine,back and head (concussion).

  6. atteckus - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    2-3 games. Stewart has no prior disciplinary record. Its a bad hit. It doesn’t matter whether Kronwall is hurt or not, nor does it matter that Kronwall has his own reputation. Stewart’s intent was to hit from behind and put an opposing player into the boards, head first. That’s what earns the supplementary discipline. If he had a prior record of issues, then I’d agree with some of the bigger predictions. But his reputation is as a clean, hardnosed player. First offense gets a much lighter punishment.

  7. cshearing - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    You might be right about that lighter punishment for a first offense, atteckus, but I think that is still 5 or 6 games. Cooke or someone would probably get 10-15.

  8. cmutimmah - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Whatever Stewart gets, Shanahan will end up getting called a homer for suspending a guy that hit his former team. (By people that never watch this video to get a clear picture that Shanahan has no choice but to suspend this guy…)

    • geshtahl - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Shanny also played for the Blues from ’91-’95.

    • michiganhockey11 - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Was Shanahan even on the Wings roster since Kronwall has been with the Wings?

      Shanahan’s best playing years were with the Blues…

      • geshtahl - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:12 AM

        Yes, Shanahan played with Kronwall. As he was with the Wings during Kronwall’s first two NHL seasons (’03-’04 & ’05-’06). I agree that it’s hard to think of Kronwall as playing before the lockout though.

  9. imleftcoast - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    If Kronwall doesn’t have the puck, it should double and be four games. Real lack of respect on that play.

  10. polegojim - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    No only dangerous, but I’d give him an extra game for plain stupidity.

  11. michiganhockey11 - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Kronwall was lucky that his shoulder hit the boards first and not his head. He’s definitely going to see at least 2 games.

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