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Foster to face additional discipline for boarding major on Porter?

Feb 10, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

New Jersey Devils defenseman Kurtis Foster is waiting to hear from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan after receiving a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding St. Louis’ Chris Porter.

Here’s the hit in question:

As you can tell by the reactions from St. Louis play-by-play man John Kelly and analyst Darren Pang, the call was something of a surprise (they thought it was a two-minute minor.) Foster later told Rich Chere of the Star Ledger that a referee informed him the five and a game was because Porter was bleeding from the head.

As for what Foster thought of the hit?

“I know the he went into the boards the way he did, but I thought that I went shoulder to shoulder,” he said. “I’d have to see the replay again. It happened so quickly I thought I did a good job of catching him with my shoulder on his shoulder and the way he turned he almost put himself into the boards.”

Devils coach Peter DeBoer didn’t seem to think the hit would warrant supplemental discipline.

“No, not based on the reaction of the people that did see it inside,” he said when asked about Foster being suspended. “They didn’t see anything serious.”

  1. elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    I don’t think there’s much in that. It wasn’t necessarily wrong they did the 5 and a game, but I would have been happy with 2.

    The way I see it, Foster waits and aims for the spot Porter would be if he were to turn out of that scrum with the puck. Porter has his shoulder dropped, which still partially exposes his back to Foster, but Foster does make an effort to get at least level with him to make the hit versus coming in behind him.

    At worst, he blindsides him a bit since Porter wouldn’t have seen it coming, but not suspension worthy.

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