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Video: Porter knees Booth, Shanahan hearing next?

Dec 7, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

Midway through the first period of Vancouver’s 6-0 win over Colorado last night, Avalanche center Kevin Porter caught Canucks LW David Booth with a knee-on-knee hit:

Porter was tagged with a five-minute kneeing major and game misconduct; Booth left the contest immediately and didn’t return (he’s scheduled for an MRI today.)

With the factual stuff out of the way, you know what comes next:


Colorado head coach Joe Sacco felt the call on Porter was marginal, a view he expressed in a less-than-cordial postgame interview with the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap (courtesy the Denver Post):

Pap: “You thought the Porter hit on Booth was a marginal call?”

Sacco: “Yeah.”

Pap: “Oh, really.”

Sacco: “Yeah.”

Pap: “Did you see a replay of it?”

(Two, three seconds of looking at Pap … )

Sacco: “Did I what?”

Pap: “Did you see a replay of it?”

Sacco: “Yes, I did.”

Aaaaand scene.

Meanwhile, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters he didn’t see the hit and therefore couldn’t pass judgement (to which the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre wrote “makes you wonder if he’s watching M*A*S*H* reruns between periods or game film.”)

Finally, here’s the latest update from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

“I certainly didn’t like the look of that hit,” LeBrun writes. “The league will definitely take a look at it — the league reviews all controversial plays — although whether or not Sheriff Shanny believes it’s worth a hearing was still undetermined as of this morning when I checked with the league.”

For what it’s worth, Shanahan hasn’t issued a suspension for kneeing yet. He’s punished boarding, elbowing, headbutting, checks to the head, checks from behind, high-sticking and leaving the bench to fight — but not kneeing. This could end up being like a medical drama, where the surgeons clamor for different types of surgeries so they can say they’ve done them. I guess this would make a kneeing suspension the equivalent of endovascular aortic repair. You just don’t see that every day.

  1. swizzler16 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    hope he gets suspended, likely 2-3 games. the last time an avalanche player took a run at a Canuck (and it lead to an injury as well), things kinda got outta hand……

  2. hanktheking - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Booth deserved to be punished for running the flames goalie. Karma sucks hey David?

    • imleftcoast - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      Shanahan explaining it to you dingdong: “On the Booth play, he’s got the puck longer and the Calgary defenceman is right on his back and leaning on him right into the collision. Just before impact, Booth turns his skates and is blowing snow and is trying to stop. At no point is Tootoo trying to stop. He argued that he was trying to jump. Whether it was intentional to hurt Miller or get out of the way — either way, it was the wrong decision. It made the collision worse.”

      Booth is out 4-6 weeks with an ACL sprain, and Porter will get 5 games.

  3. davebabychreturns - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    That’s ridiculous, if Booth deserves a cheap shot for playing hard then about a quarter of the players in the league ought to be injured on dangerous, unnecessary plays.

  4. canucks18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Theking??? You need your head checked

  5. bigbear42 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Whats jumps out at me is that this isnt one of those times the guy with the puck and the guy trying to hit him both sort of cut at the last second and collided, Porter just plain stuck his leg out to at best trip him. He didnt even seem to be attempting to hit him with his shoulder. Should be 6 games, but hes a first time offender so itll probably be 4.

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