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Mark Stuart earns $2,500 fine for late hit on Marcus Johansson

Mar 17, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

It wouldn’t be a day in the NHL without some kind of debate over a questionable hit.

Last night during the first period of the Jets’ 3-2 win over the Capitals, Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart laid a high, questionable hit on Washington’s Marcus Johansson putting Johansson down on the ice. Stuart wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NHL stepped in and fined him $2,500 for it. Johansson did return to the game later on.

Should it have gotten a bit more attention though? Take a look at the video of the hit and judge for yourself.

I’m no Brendan Shanahan, but that sort of hit seems like the kind of hit that deserves a bit more scrutiny than a fine delivers.

  1. terriers4 - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    no doubt deserves a suspension. shanahan is making what is and isnt a suspension very confusing for the players

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Even as a Jets fan, Stuart should have gotten more. I love the guy but he walks a veeeeery fine line sometimes.

  2. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    At least one game, if not more. There is obviously no standard for Brendan Shannahan.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM


  4. bcjim - Mar 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Bizarre, just like the reffing in general in that game. Caps were interfered with gratuitously all game. On the winning goal, a jet appeared to be holding the stick blatantly of a caps dman while the other jet put the puck in. ABSURD!!!!! Someone check for unusual wagering on that game, please.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      I said the same thing last night and people were calling me a crybaby. We should have had 7-10 Power Plays last night

    • subliminalnoize - Mar 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      I’m so happy someone else saw that. If the roll had been reversed the goal would of been overturned and the caps would of been penalized. I can not believe that the officiating has been so bad this year. Its all across the league, its pathetic how biased the officials have been, I’ve heard through several people that the refs are handed a sheet with listings of players in the game, and violations of the rules they have been called for, so that they know what too look for and anytime anything slightly along the line of this happens their hands go up.

  5. capsrockva - Mar 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Total BS should’ve been suspended

  6. rg3isvictory - Mar 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Even with the loss I was happy with the Caps play. They kept it going through the bad ref-ing. More hitting in the game would also be a good help to the caps along with OVI playing correct Def.

  7. rsl22 - Mar 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    If Ovechkin had put that same hit on any player in the league, no doubt he would have been given a 20-game suspension.

    • rsl22 - Mar 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Caps have been shorthanded 243 times, on the power play 216 times…for a -27 differential. I think that’s 3rd biggest difference in the league.

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