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Video: Lupul penalized for hit to the head of Lightning’s Hedman

Mar 20, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

Can Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul be expecting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety?

Lupul was penalized for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman early in the third period of Wednesday’s game.

Lupul, who had a goal and an assist and was named the game’s second star in the win, was assessed a minor penalty on the play.

Hedman was forced to leave the game briefly and went to the Tampa Bay dressing room, but did return, according to

  1. govtminion - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    No question- reminded me a lot of the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton in the playoffs a couple of years ago. Definitely deserves some time off for this.

  2. bigoldorcafromvan - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    That hit looks like a phone call from Shanny. Looks like Luppy even leaves the ice to hit him.

  3. habsman - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Clod Julien thinks Hedman was embellishing.

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Sorry Luppy, but the ShannyHammer is going to fall on you. Let’s hope it is only a couple games.

  5. bcisleman - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Don’t know who Lupul thinks he’s kidding saying he wasn’t trying to hit Hedman. Looks like he had a suspension in 2009. Not sure if that’s his only disciplinary action. Probably 2-4 games.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      That means he doesn’t qualify as a “repeat offender”.

  6. shortsxit34 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    How was he only given a minor to begin with ?

  7. 19to77 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Shoulder to jaw. Head contact made. Shoulder was rising to make the hit, as Hedman is quite a bit taller. Lupul’s gonna find it hard to convince Shanny it wasn’t intentional.

  8. sonofsuzycreamcheese - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Bad timing, a second later would have been shoulder-to-shoulder clean hit

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts….

      More importantly though he could have just kept his feet on the ice and bumped him.

  9. rpiotr01 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    He pushed himself up in the air to get him high. He’ll get some time off.

  10. tlndma - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Lupul must be kidding. Gonna have a hard time getting BS to believe that BS.

    Another hit that should be looked at is Franzen’s in the Wings -Wild game. His stick and elbow were up on the play. Watching the replay and highlights of other similar hits by him, I would say he’s living on the edge. If he stays low on this type of hit, it would be devastating enough. When he goes high, it is a knock-out blow and a possible carreer ender. It should be discouraged. I’m not saying he deserves discipline now but, he should be warned that in the future anything above the shoulder will be dealt with.

  11. convincedofthehex - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    The lack of respect players have for one another with what we now know about concussions is unbelievable, and I’m not just referring to this play.

  12. joetoronto - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    You’re all a bunch of pansies, it was an awesome hit.

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