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Video: Ryan Reaves’ questionable hit on Brad Stuart

Apr 4, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

When St. Louis Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves delivered a questionable hit on Brad Stuart around the 6:01 mark of the third period, it seemed like it would be one of the most memorable moments of a locked-down game. Instead, the Blues and Detroit Red Wings traded jaw-dropping highlights in a game that ended up being a 3-2 shootout win for Detroit (more on that soon), but there still might be some consequences from that check:

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Reaves received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for that hit, but does he deserve a suspension on top of that? If so, how many games would be appropriate?

  1. barcthespark - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    That should not have even been a penalty. BS call.

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    No a good angle in the video. Camera was switching shot as it happened so I couldn’t really tell but it’d didn’t look that bad.

  3. elvispocomo - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Stuart obviously didn’t expect it after the previous contact, but it was 90+% shoulder to shoulder. It would have been 100% but Stuart turns just a little. Either way, it’s not charging, boarding or a hit from behind. No suspension at all.

  4. tmoore4075 - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    When you see the actual replay and not at game speed it should have been a penalty, although the 5 and a game was a little much, but probably not suspension worthy.

  5. cdubsmith - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I 100% agree with tmoore. The camera shot shown before the commercial is an awful angle. The 2 different perspectives they showed **after** the commercial break showed it to be a much more serious hit.

    Before the commercial I didn’t this hit was that bad.

    Compared to other leagues (ccha, wcha, ushl), I’ve seen much less of a hit called for a game misconduct and sometimes a 1 game suspension with an increasing frequency.

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