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Bogosian will hear from the league for hitting Bouchard from behind

Dec 14, 2011, 7:46 AM EDT

Zach Bogosian AP

Zach Bogosian isn’t a dirty player, but after his hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard last night you’d wonder if that’s the case.

Late in Winnipeg’s 2-1 win over Minnesota, the Wild were fighting to get the tying goal when Bouchard chased the puck to the end boards. There he lost track of the puck, gathering it in time to try and send it around the boards. There, Bogosian planted him face-first into the dasher from behind, putting Bouchard down on the ice bleeding.

Bogosian was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct while the Wild couldn’t put home the equalizer with the short man-advantage in the final minute of play.

As Michael Russo of The Star Tribune found out afterward, the Wild are worried that Bouchard could have a head injury thanks to his concussion history, but for now it’s a badly bloodied mouth. The guys at Hockey Wilderness are just hoping that Brendan Shanahan can come down with an appropriate suspension for Bogosian.

Here’s video of the hit so you can judge for yourself.

  1. abrienza428 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    He turned towards the boards at the last second, no?

  2. robertterwilliger - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    at this point, it’d just be easier to tell us when players won’t be hearing from the league.

  3. brian1413 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    As a wild fan I will say this was no big deal. If PMB is two inches taller or two inches closer to the boards this is no big deal. He turned into the hit, it is as much his fault as Bogosians. This is a tough sport and this will happen once in a while. This was a great game cannot wait to be division rivals for years to come.

  4. sippindasyzurp - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    It seems as though with all the new rules protecting the players, you are seeing more and more players turning into the boards and skating with there head down more often. They know they can’t get blasted like back in the day where guys actually were conscious of there surroundings and did things to try and actually protect themselves from bad hits.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    This was obviously a bad hit but at some point or another guys have to protect themselves. Not only did he turn his back at the last minute but he also ducked his head down to almost become parallel to the ice. Fromthe time your 5 years old you’re taught to keep your head up, not down, especially when your facefirst with the boards. I’m not justifying the hit, Bogosian will get suspended, but players need to take some ownership when it comes to protecting themselves.

  6. hystoracle - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    It didn;t take much force to send him flying out of the cannon into the boards.. I think the Wild player went to embellish the hit to draw a penalty and smashed his own face into the dasher. Bogosian didn’t hit him that hard and when contact was initiated Bouchard was facing away from the boards and spun him self into the dasher. Wasn’t a “head shot” as the commentator said. Bogosian hit him but I didn;t see an intent to injure. I think the actions for Bouchard trying to embellish for a call (aka dive) which has become prevalent in this league got him the bloody face. Penalty is deserved but suspension would be harsh.

    Getting tired of these NHL refs getting snowed by the players into making weak calls. I see players grabbing the other guys stick and bringing it to their waist to get the hook. I see guys taking blatant dives with no unsportsmanlike penalty calls. Chicken winging sticks. Hitting themselves in the face with the opponent’s stick. Stupid stuff and it won’t end if the refs keep falling for it.

  7. kghero - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    He was turning and hunched over so he could play the puck. He wasn’t turning to draw a penalty and get a nice taste of the boards. That was a dirty hit, and even if I wasn’t a Wild fan, even if Bouchard wasn’t my favorite player, I would think that. It should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about clean hits in the game of hockey. He didn’t even hit him with his shoulders. That was a high, dirty hit, and he deserves a suspension. Bouchard was suspended for two games when an opposing player lifted Bouchard’s stick into his own face. If that’s deserving of a 2-game suspension, this should draw 10. Anyone who says otherwise is ridiculous. (specifically the guy who said Bouchard embellished the hit to draw a penalty – we are talking about a guy who missed 180-some-odd games because of a concussion. I don’t think he would put himself in danger of that kind of injury again to win a game against the Jets – especially because even with the loss the Wild are still first in the league.)

  8. scrouch - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    I think he might get suspended for one game. He was already committed to the hit when Bouchard turned and planted his feet. It was a light hit and looked like Bogosian thought it would just be a push into the boards to tie him up. If a player turns his back you’ve got to hold up as much as possible so I think they’ll give him a game for that but why do players not protect themselves anymore? Did they stop teaching people how to take hits? You used to never see guys turn their back like that but now it happens all the time. They teach you as soon as you get to the level where hitting is allowed to be right on the boards if you’re going to take a hit so the impact is absorbed. I don’t think Bouchard was trying to draw a penalty by turning his back or anything like that. Just don’t know why so many players are putting themselves in vulnerable positions these days.

    • kghero - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      The fact that this was a crosscheck and not a shoulder/body check is the difference. If he comes in with a body check you could argue over what blame goes to PMB for turning his back on the hit. But the fact that it was a crosscheck makes any argument over PMB’s body position pointless. Those arguments are based on what is a legal action- Hitting vs Checking. This was the result of an illegal action, therefore it’s irrelevant. Bogosian lead with his stick, and there was an injury as a result of an illegal action – a crosscheck.

  9. dukh8r - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    When you dig the puck out from the boards…how close do you need your face to be to the glass? Maybe this will teach the “actors ” in the league to stop pulling this crap!

    • kghero - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure he was “acting” the gushing blood, shattered nose, and cut lips.

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