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Watch: Penguins’ Niskanen delivers clean, hard body check

Feb 22, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

There’s the right way to hit, and the wrong way. The debate continues, but Pittsburgh Penguins blue liner Matt Niskanen delivered a textbook open-ice body check to Florida Panthers 19-year-old rookie Jonathan Huberdeau.

Cutting into the Penguins zone, Huberdeau was stood up just inside the blue line by Niskanen.

Niskanen also scored the winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Panthers Friday.

The debate about what constitutes a clean hit or one worthy of a suspension has picked up in recent days, particularly after Colorado Avalanche forward Mark Olver did not have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL following a hard hit to St. Louis Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has spoken out about the hit on Tarasenko, calling it “a blow to the head.”

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    It was so clean it hat no affect !

    • hockinj25 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Except knocking him down and making him lose the puck.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        Did it result in a goal ?

      • tsi431 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Did it result in a goal?


        Didn’t you see the video? Pens guy knocked him on his butt, and he lost the puck. Pens guy saved a goal.

    • ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      🚨⚠Warning we have another eigglenobrains Troll Advisory on a Pens article. This person is considered extremely stupid! Do not engage him in direct conversation. Doing so has been know to serious decrease in intelligence. 🚓🚔

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    It was like a sweet spot it did not hurt the hitter of the hittee !

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Did it result in a loss at home to the panthers? Oh, no…guess that just happened to philly

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      Did the Penguins lose to the underdog Philadelphia Flyers the night before and the Pens were sitting home waiting for the Panthers not coming off a six game road trip,,,,, there mister results !

      • tsi431 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        Was that a run on sentence?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        This article wasn’t about the Flyers, I don’t think…they were 3-3 on that road trip weren’t they? Nothing I’d think you’d want to bring up…even if that road trip was better than the rest of the season for them.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    It’s cool to see a legal, open-ice hit get recognition instead of dirty hits and suspensions…it’s actually been rare to see this year.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      shut up yeah-hole

      • handsofsweed - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Ok, mushmouth.

  5. wranglerick - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Too bad hip checks are a thing of the past

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