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Video: Marc Staal levels Jason Spezza

Apr 19, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

This is a play that could have changed the course of the series, but fortunately, things didn’t turn out as badly as they could have. Marc Staal delivered a crushing blow to Jason Spezza late in the second period of the New York Rangers contest against the Ottawa Senators. You can view the hit below:

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Staal was not penalized for his actions, but the Senators already had the man advantage due to a separate incident. With Spezza briefly out of the game, Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar quickly responded with a power-play goal that tied the contest at 2.

Spezza returned for the third period and Ottawa ended up with a 3-2 overtime win. The series is now tied with Game 5 scheduled for Saturday.

  1. hockinj25 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Spezza was leaning over a bit but Staal’s hands were pretty high. Shoudl’ve been a penalty, probably not a suspension.

    • hockeyfan763 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Spezza was bent over, Stahl is 6’4”, If he was standing up he would’ve got hit in the chest. Clean hit, awkward position for Spezza. Wake up people, every hit in a hockey game is not illegal.

  2. j0ey15 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with this hit? If Spezza skates with his head up all he gets is stood up instead of put on his ass

    • gwjanimej - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:37 AM

      Last time I checked, you’re not allowed to check with your stick, which is what Staal did.

      • cbaber26 - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        clean hit. clearly wasnt with the stick, that hit was all hands

  3. maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Point of contact was the head, isn’t that one of Shanny’s “keys”?

  4. joetoronto - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Penalty, suspension!

    Give it a friggin rest already. What are they going to give him a penalty for, hitting?

    Ya, lets suspend him for hitting. Oh, while we’re at it, lets call the cops when someone drops his gloves, ya.

    You bunch of yellow pansies.

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