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Sean Bergenheim might be getting a call from Shanahan

Dec 2, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

Sean Bergenheim AP

Drawing the ire of L.A.’s Mike Richards isn’t hard to do. Just looking at him the wrong way will get you shoved (at the very least). Well, Florida’s Sean Bergenheim drew that ire last night, connecting with Richards on a big hit that put Richards out of the game in the second period.

Bergenheim caught Richards in the head with his shoulder, but is it the kind of hit that will lead to him further punishment? Only Brendan Shanahan knows, but after taking a look at video it’s tough to see how Bergenheim is at fault for connecting with Richards’ head.

Have a look for yourself and see what you think. For me, it looks like Bergenheim’s principle point of impact was the shoulder and Richards’ head got dinged on the follow-through. It doesn’t look intentional, more a byproduct of a solid hit.

Then again, I’m just a jerk with a keyboard. So, suspendable or not?

  1. abrienza428 - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    I guess it’s a hit to the head, but I doubt this is suspendable. Unfortunate hit, hopefully Richards is OK.

  2. bcjim - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    He ought to watch the tape of Semin taking a headshot form some Penguin goon last night too.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      You mean when Staal glided in and crushed him cleanly, and they called him charging?

      • bcjim - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        No it was when he uh, “glided in” aiming his shoulder and crushed his head against the board with his shoulder. That one.

  3. sippindasyzurp - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    I am all for punishing players for headshots, but this is a clean hit hands down… textbook hit… If you wanna really start putting a damper on concussions make them wear cages and mandatory mouthguards??? Ya right didnt think so…

  4. BSpeedman - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    This was a clean hit. It was Richards right side that was the PPC (principal point of contact), not his head. Bergenheim kept his elbow low and though his shoulder may have contacted Richards’ head it was not the PPC; it was at most a consequence of a clean hit. Also Richards was not in a vulnerable, defenseless position, you can see Richards recognized the hit was about to occur and made an adjustment with this left hand to try and minimize the contact.

    Also, @sippindasyzurp, I heard recently that mouth guards and not necessarily a cure all / prevent all for concussions, and not too sure that a cage would do much to minimize their occurrence. Personally, I think the league should go back to the no helmet days and I think everyone would show more respect for each other if they were all in the same a vulnerable position.

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