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No ban for Bogosian after boarding Bouchard

Dec 14, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

It’s being reported that Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian won’t face any additional punishment for this nasty hit on Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard last night:

That Bogosian avoided suspension might come as a surprise. The Bouchard hit was deemed severe enough to warrant a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct — it was also Bogosian’s second questionable hit in less than a month.

Back in late November, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety opted not to suspend or fine him for this hit on Washington’s Cody Eakin:

Expect Minnesota to be displeased with this ruling. Head coach Mike Yeo told the Star-Tribune that Bogosian’s hands were high and needed to be a lot more in control, and it sounds like Bouchard has a broken nose and might not play tonight against Chicago.

  1. sippindasyzurp - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Cue the hatred and let the rivalry begin, I can only assume that these teams blood will be boiling when they start playing each other 5 or 6 times a year… I am interested to hear the Minnesota people’s comments on here after this non- suspension…. I would also like to hear Shanabans reasoning…

    • kopy - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      As a Minnesota fan, I was a little surprised by the non-ban. I thought he would get a couple games. It makes a difference that Bouchard’s nose is probably broken (according to beat writers today) and he bled everywhere, instead of him just getting up and skating away. Not that it should make a difference, just that it usually does.

      I understand the argument that Bouchard turned his back to Bogosian, but that doesn’t mean he gives up his right to not be cross checked up high.

    • sknut - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      As a Wild fan, I was slightly surprised not outraged though. It was borderline call and maybe the lack of size on Bouchards part went against him. For Bouchard’s sake I just hope the hit doesn’t start any concussion symptoms.

  2. sippindasyzurp - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Maybe guys should wear cages and these types of injuries would not be as severe??

    • noulp - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      He turned.

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        yes he did… but look at how high the cross check is? first off, your supposed to hit guys with your shoulders not your forearms, secondly, when your a defensmen looking to use your stick to position an opposing player, your supposed to keep it just above the waste level, that way your pushing at the opposing players center of gravity.. not his f**king shoulder blades!

        very surprised this isn’t a suspension. Shanahan is starting to trend @Colincampbell

      • noulp - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:13 AM

        A cross-check implies that he hit him with his stick as opposed to pushing him with it. Players use their sticks to leverage on guys all the time; it’s part of keeping yourself well positioned defensively. Furthermore, his hands are at a normal height, but the hitee is slouched forward. I’m not saying the Bouchard is to blame, but it’s just a fluke play that would turn out harmless 99% of the time.

      • hystoracle - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        Still think Bouchard tried to embellish it (unnecessarily) and got out of control ramming his own nose into the dasher board. Bogosian didn’t hit him hard enough for Bouchard to be shot out of that cannon.

  3. kcf666 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Full cages would help in some instances, but a close friend of mine took a hit similar while wearing a full cage. The result? The cage broke from his helmet and the bars became embedded into his forehead. So would a full cage prevent most injuries? Probably. But they are not invincible.

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