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Bob McKenzie: Giroux’s hit was a classic Rule 48 “picking” of head violation

May 6, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

If it were up to them, it looks like TSN’s panel of Bob McKenzie, Marc Crawford, and Craig Button would hand Claude Giroux some form of supplementary discipline for his questionable hit on Dainius Zubrus late in the second period. If you missed the hit, you can take a look at it below:

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Giroux received a two-minute minor for his actions and Zubrus returned to the game. However, as McKenzie pointed out, Rostislav Klesla was just handed a one-game suspension for his hit on Matt Halischuk despite the fact that Halischuk didn’t suffer an apparent injury. That being said, it’s worth adding Klesla’s incident was obviously not the same as Giroux’s, beyond the fact that both hits were controversial.

McKenzie called Giroux’s hit is a “classic Rule 48 ‘picking’ of head violation.”

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s has a different opinion regarding the hit. Laviolette doesn’t think Giroux’s actions on Sunday are worthy of a suspension.

  1. heyzeus143 - May 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    best player in the world disease

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 7, 2012 at 6:26 AM

      Deserves to be suspended for next game !

  2. leafsfan2020 - May 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Nice to see NBC mention a rival network, even though it’s Canadian.

    • rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      The CBC is not a rival “Canadian” network. The Canadian government is in the process of “privatizing” Mothercorp by farming the operation out to NBC. How else do you explain the desecrating appearances of Milbury on HNIC.

      • ridiculousbacon - May 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

        Can you translate that to English for me? Why’s the Canadian gov’t farming motherboards? And whose Milbury? He sounds delicious…

  3. dawglb - May 6, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Until the NHL becomes consistent with these calls/penalties/suspensions it is a waste of time discussing it. The have a $hitload of film to watch this offseason and much policy to review.

  4. stakex - May 7, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Heres my problem with this hit. Does Giroux make some contact with the head? Yes. However there is no way anyone could convince me that Zubrus didn’t play this up for all its worth. I mean someone hits you hard enough it caused you to fall to the ice and grab your head like you were just hit in the face with a baseball bat…. yet once the penelty is called you spring up and play the rest of the game as though nothing happened? Give me a break. If that reaction was 100% real, Zubrus would have been done for the day considering how anal the NHL is about concussions these days.

    The NHL is getting to the point where any time someone feels the slightest bit of contact to (or near) the head they just drop to the ice and lay there. Not only do they know its almost certain to draw a penelty (perhaps even 5 minutes), but it might even end up in a suspension. Thats something the NHL really needs to crack down on, because the amount of acting going on, and not just in these situations, is really getting out of hand. That will happen of course when refs essentialy stop calling diving no matter how obvious.

    • comradeast - May 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      It has nothing to do with him being able to play.

      The intent was there.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 7, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      It’s still a head-shot and a dangerous play. Giroux didn’t have to hit him that high. It’s a bad hit regardless of what you think of Zubrus’s reaction.

    • ridiculousbacon - May 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

      @Stakex – That’s what Todd Bertuzzi said…

    • jpelle82 - May 7, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      kind of like cunteriere played it up when neal hit him in the chest? zubrus isnt that guy at all. he got hit in the jaw, the kind of hit that would surprise or knock out a boxer if it was a fist and he got right up immediately. whether he gets suspended or not, now he has a reputation for being whiny and dirty and all the philly fans talking about how classy they played in the first round have now disappeared.

    • polegojim - May 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Exactly. Excellent acting job. It was a VERY soft check.

  5. balewsquare - May 7, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Shouldn’t these all get the Torres treatment and they’ll stop happening? Stop leaving it up for debate. Out a quarter of the season, and this stuff stops pretty quickly.

  6. habsman - May 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Giroux’s discipline, or lack of discipline, will be based on his importance to his team. That’s the Shanahan way (See Webber, Shea).

    Justice is supposed to be blind. It isn’t. This is the bed Shanahan has made for himself. If he would just base his discipline on the infraction, instead of the name on the uniform, he would have fewer people questioning his judgement.

    Time to put the onus back on the player. They are the ones responsible for hurting their teams with these stupid head shots.

  7. cerealrapist - May 7, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    This video should have included the hissy fit Giroux threw before he took our his frustration on Zubrus’ head.
    The hissy fit proves that he intended to hurt Zubrus, which is the reason he should be disciplined.
    What a typical Philly kind of guy.

  8. ballistictrajectory - May 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Not the game I’ve watched for decades… Let’s see…

    Make contact along the boards? That’s a 5 minute, intent to injure, game misconduct, hearing.
    Make contact away from the boards? That’s a 5 minute, intent to injure, game misconduct, hearing.

    Unless… the officials are mad because your coach called them out for the lousy job they did during the last critical game you played in which case the guy who gets hit gets the penalty for delay of game, littering, or some other useless excuse.

    Give yourself whiplash trying to get a call? Great gamesmanship!

    Let’s forget about players respecting other players, first they have to respect the game.

  9. anthonykornheiser - May 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    As much as i think he should be suspended and he obviously hit him out of anger and knew what he was doing (see him slash a guy up ice prior and yell to refs) I would almost rather see him play the rest of the series, which might end tomorrow. I would rather not hear flyer fans whine how they lost bc the best player in the world was suspended.
    I have to say, out of all the series, including the blues and kings, the flyers are getting absolutely manhandled.
    i actually read a flyer fan post that this is all gravy that you already beat pitt and have a young team so it doesnt matter. You do realize teams like the rangers etc are the same age, and younger.

  10. hagigun - May 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Why do we have a guy “Pierre” down on the ice in between benches if he can’t get us correct info? Giroux and the Flyers were upset because Broduer played the puck in the restricted area. It is clear as day. The minute he does that, all the Flyers put their arms up for a call. None comes, it puts Giroux out of position, so now he is even more frustrated, goes after Zubrus on his way up the ice to take out some frustrations. It was almost like he said to himself, “Hey, they aren’t calling Marty on that, I guess they put the whistles away for the day. Now I’m gonna smash this next guy.”

    Part of the blame is on the officials in my view. By not making an obvious call on Broduer, it escalated the Flyers, well at least Giroux’s temper. Certainly Giroux has to keep his cool, but if the refs do their job, I can almost guarantee he doesn’t run down Zubrus and really try to take him out.

    At most, 1 game. But if I am the league, I have to find some fault that by the refs ignoring calls (oh they saw it for sure), it incensed the Flyers and they lost their cool. Onus is always on the player checking when it comes to head contact, but Zubrus was dipped down some with his head a bit lower.

    I am actually cheering for the Devils, but I really can’t justify a suspension on that hit even though it was out of anger and frustration, but league officials contributed directly to that cause. Sort of a storm of circumstance, no one was injured, Devils won, move on.

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