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Report: Stuart won’t be disciplined for his hit on Landeskog

Jan 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

The massive hit Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog took from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will reportedly go unpunished.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the NHL will not be taking further action against Stuart for his crushing bodycheck that sparked a fight with Ryan O’Byrne. That fight then led to a prolonged Sharks power play that saw Patrick Marleau score twice on.

While the hit sent Landeskog to the “quiet room” he did return to the game and finished up without further issue. Afterwards, Landeskog said he found nothing wrong with Stuart’s play as’s Kevin Kurz reports.

“I haven’t seen [the replay] but I think it was a clean hit, or felt like a clean hit,” he said. “No elbow, but it was hard, I’ll tell you that much. I was kind of reaching for the puck and didn’t brace myself enough and he stepped up. That’s the way with hockey, you give some and you take some, and tonight I took a pretty big one.”

Should Stuart have at least gotten a phone call from Brendan Shanahan to talk about it? Have a look at it again and decide.


  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Good! Now all the cry babies can give it a rest.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      It was put to rest when Stuart got rag dolled and beaten down like a rented mule.
      The last tears was your clueless and some of the worst in the league local homer announcers literally crying about Stuart taking his medicine.

      • dreadpiratesteve - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Rag Dolled? Beaten like a rented mule? What did you watch? The only rag dolling was what happened to Landeskog in the first place. And the only rented mule beating was what the Sharks did to the Avs the entire game. I guess Avs fans can try to look for a silver lining wherever they can find it. That game was sad. Complete domination by San Jose.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Not an Avs fan, and Stuart was looking for the linesmen to step in and save him.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Ya just watched it again, Stuart took a beating and was ducking and hoping to get split up early in.

        Again, that’s how it goes. Nobody is crying except idiots crying that Stuart shouldn’t have to drop gloves as a result.

      • supr49er - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        O’Byrne is a lot bigger and younger than Stuart, so big surprise that he won the fight.

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    “Should Stuart have at least gotten a phone call from Brendan Shanahan to talk about it?”


  3. sjsharks86 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Whether this is a suspension or not shouldn’t even be a question worth asking, yet people insist on making a big deal out of a good hockey play (I guess when people need controversy they can always pull something out of their ass). O’Brien even links the NHL legal hits video to compare it to in the original article, as if you need it spelled out anymore than the initial ruling (not to say the refs are always right, but they’re usually pretty quick to throw people in the box for even slightly questionable hits). That being said, I’m glad Landeskog seems to be uninjured. At 20 years old, he has more class & common sense than most of the people on here who insist it was dirty could ever hope to have.

  4. digbysellers - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Can we please not turn hockey in to football!? It was a hard, clean hit so let’s just leave it at that.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Ignorant comment like most about football or Goodell. Stay stupid

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Yeah yeah he was so tough for fighting Stuart. I’ve seen you on all these posts and you are the definition of a troll. 😉

  6. titansrbeast - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    @misterchainbluelightning Haha yeah it was “put to rest” all right, after O’byrne quick jumped in and fought Stuart because no one else could, and then we decided to throw 4 up on the avs and put them to sleep like a “rented mule.”

  7. sjsblitz - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    If you dont enjoy a good hit like that, or for that fact enjoy crying about it, then Hockey is not for you. Go watch basketball, a non contact sport (no offense).

  8. drewsylvania - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I honestly don’t get it. I guess Scott Stevens’ legacy is safe.

  9. drewsylvania - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I mean, if that’s legal, by the end of the season we’re going to be talking about the NHL the way we do the NFL–head injuries will be in the forefront. Is that what we want?

  10. leepetertk - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I think this is a legal hit by the rules and precedent. This is not an east/west blindside hit. When the NHL made rule 48, they specifically stated they were not eliminating the north/south hit.

    I watched the Avs and Sharks broadcast and there was a complete disagreement as to the whether this was an illegal hit. I think the NHL should re-educate fans and the media what is a legal or illegal hit. In addition, Shanahan should also make videos for hits he deems legal as well as illegal.

  11. valoisvipers - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It looked as if the head was the first point of contact. Other than that, wow,what a monster hit.

  12. capesouth - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Great news! Nothing more telling than when the player who got trucked says it was clean. Makes the ‘know-it-alls” look stupid. For every big hit, people start calling for reviews and suspensions, etc. That’s a dangerous road to go down and only leads to the undoing of a game everyone loves right now, even the complainers. The reason ratings have been so high, in spite of the lockout, is because they’re doing something right. The occasional big hit is part of hockey. Accept it so that next time it happens, you don’t hunch over your computer to analyze the hit frame by frame and then conclude he ‘targeted’ the head. That’s not how it works and It only causes you frustration.

  13. sharkmaster88 - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    That’s the way it should be Good clean hit you ignorant avalanche fans!

  14. Justin Walker - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Was Stuart’s intent malicious? No. But that doesn’t change the fact that he hit Landeskog square in the head and left his feet in doing so. Stuart should be fined at bare minimum.

    • sjsharks86 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Easy to say when you’re analyzing the play at 5/100 of a second. Landeskog should have had his head up, Stuart didn’t bring his shoulder up to hit his head, it was a full body to body hit and he left his feet AFTER the hit (this happens after almost all big hits), he didn’t launch himself up into Landeskog before, which is what they mean by “feet leaving the ice”. Makes me think you’ve never actually played the game, but of course, you must know better than the refs, announcers, disciplinary officials and Landeskog himself over what is deserving of a fine or suspension, right?

  15. antkowiak666 - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    if it was Crosby,the suspension would have been handed down before Stuart even got off the ice from his beat down.

  16. digbysellers - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Mister is a total troll idiot…go away clown shoes

  17. govtminion - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Avs fan here- and Landeskog himself even has it right, nothing foul about the hit. He landed bad (god, the way his knees hit the ice, no wonder he was limping off), but the hit was clean- he lead with his shoulder, didn’t leave his skates, didn’t board him… one of the better clean hits I’ve seen in a while.

    If anything, I hate seeing a fight start over a hit like this. It’s one thing to look back at dirty hits in the ’80s and players would settle it between themselves, but doing it over a clean hit like this is just ridiculous (though it was a fun fight, I admit).

    • pepper2011 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I agree and disagree. The hit was clean – the fight was essential. Landeskog is a 19 year old captain, and the future of the Avs. Clean or not you hit you can’t let other teams get it in their head that they can take runs at your guys. Gretzky never got hit because the Oilers employed McClelland and or McSorely, and other players didn’t want to deal with the aftermath. That was perfect hockey all around. Great hit, O’byrne isn’t a goon, but he stood up for his teammate, Burish knows Stuart doesn’t fight and tried to protect him, and backed off when he didn’t get their in time. That’s what makes guys like Rupp and Thornton, Boll and Prust. They can play, and and they make teams think twice.

  18. manchestermiracle - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    A forearm shiver to the face is a “clean hit?” The NHL has the same problem that the NFL is dealing with: Lots of retired players with brain injuries from hits to the head. Football is inherently bad for the head since tackling is a part of the game. Hockey is different in that regard, but when you officially allow shots to the head you’re going to end up in the same situation as football. Does the NHL really want to have to deal with a class-action lawsuit from retired players? I’m not a fan of either team, but that hit was hardly “clean.”

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