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Not suspension worthy: Henrik Zetterberg’s hit on Nikita Nikitin

Jan 22, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

After all the stuff we saw yesterday with Andrew Ference and Ryan McDonagh, we’ve got a more awkward play courtesy of… Henrik Zetterberg?

Zetterberg was kicked out of last night’s game against Columbus for a play that saw him apparently shove Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin from behind into the boards. Nikitin went knees-first into the end boards and down on the ice injured.

Zetterberg was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. The play looks really awkward.

Unlike on Ference’s hit, Zetterberg seems to give Nikitin a little shove helping Nikitin lose an edge going into the boards.

Darren Dreger of TSN says that there won’t be any league discipline for the hit because they don’t believe Zetterberg intended to shove Nikitin. Meanwhile, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Nikitin is out with a knee injury. Is that the right call here or should Zetterberg at least have a talk with the league?

  1. grbull - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Not a wings fan by any means and from I can tell, dude ran himself into the boards by doing nothing to stop himself. Looked like zetterburg barely had a hand on him

  2. notanneshirley - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    It’s the right call. There’s no arm extension after he touches Nikitin so he’s not pushing though the touch is obvious. And you see Zetterberg do everything he can to try to avoid hitting Nikitin once it’s obvious he’s going down. I also think the judgement of the players on the ice counts – not a single Blue Jackets’ player went after Zetterberg for the hit.

  3. polegojim - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Not even remotely intended. He was just trying to anticipate which way Nikitin was going to turn. It was a typical hockey play.

    Too bad calls like this one have to be made, but it’s the only way to maintain order across the board.

  4. wardmanone - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    He didn’t appear to shove and or barely touched him, however the great on ice official saw otherwise (brutal) now the interesting to see if Shannie the Czar will dole out punishment? I doubt it but Shannie has been all over the board so nothing would be surprise. So RedWing send some Pizza and remind who he works for….

  5. buckeye044 - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Of course he won’t be face Shanniban, it is a Detroit player. Other way around and the Columbus player gets suspended for sure.

    • polegojim - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Way to go bucknut… keep that head buried deep and leave hockey comments to hockey fans.

      Now go back to sleep and dream about Urban Meyer.

    • cclaudio21 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:37 AM

      Yeah because Columbus suck leper cock.

  6. rainyday56 - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Could we get off this dirty hit / discipline tangent and get a post about actual hockey? Like, what about those two goals Cody Hodgson got against the Sharks yesterday?

    • rainyday56 - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Seriously, this blog is the “Cliff Claven” of sports blogs:

      Cliff:”Hey Sammy, wonder what Zettabuhg is gonna get for that push on Nikiti?

      Norm: “Cliff, as your friend I think it’s my duty you tell you that all you have been talking about for the last 20 weeks is hits and suspensions. Not only that but you seem you be totally into it…”

      Cliff: “Thanks buddy, thanks for reigning me in before it got out of hand.”

      Sam: /swigs a bottled water, looks up a skirt.

      Stay classy Boston. ..

  7. kiopta1 - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Hank is one of the last guys I would think about when it comes to dirty play or bad hits. It was rough but not dirty and I am not sure he should have been kicked. That said Go Wings keep the streak alive.

  8. dgrindsports - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Of course the league won’t come calling. The Red Wings are like the NFL’s Tom Brady. They get protected on both sides of the law. Such a joke — always has been, never will change.
    Really, you probably want to check this one out. There’s badass, and then there’s David Backes.
    Google: Daily Grind Sports

    • cclaudio21 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Dude you’re an idiot. You must be thinking of Cindy and the Penguins. All jokes aside, they are not protected by the refs. If that were so Zetterberg wouldn’t have taken 5 minutes for being behind a player that blew a tire. Just watch the video, he doesn’t really do anything to make Nikitin fall.

  9. dgrindsports - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    And to further that point, go back and check Ian Cole’s hit earlier this year in DET which cost him 3 games … I mean are you kidding me? Cole, a rookie, has no intent. Same with Zetterberg. Great, I get that … so why does Henrik get the benefit of the doubt. J-O-K-E.
    Really, you probably want to check this one out. There’s badass, and then there’s David Backes.
    Google: Daily Grind Sports

    • bensawesomeness - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Life would be better if you just kept your mouth shut

      • polegojim - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        Amen – grind it out alone and in silence

    • hockinj25 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      get off the board troll

    • cclaudio21 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Once again you are a R-E-T-A-R-D. Ian Cole still Abdelkader in the head, regardless of his intent, he fucking dinged his head and got what he should have.

  10. hockinj25 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    nothing even happened. zetterberg didn’t push, nikitin just tried stopping and lost his balance

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