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Lupul will face disciplinary hearing for Hedman hit

Mar 21, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

Just two games after returning from a broken forearm, 29-year-old forward Joffrey Lupul might once again be forced out of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup — this time for a very different reason.

The NHL wants to speak with Lupul after he delivered a high hit to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during Toronto’s 4-2 win on Wednesday.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET and will be conducted over the phone, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Because it’s a telephone hearing, Lupul won’t be suspended for more than five games.

If you haven’t seen the hit in question, you can watch it below:

Hedman left the game, but was able to return before its conclusion.

Meanwhile Lupul, who was given a two-minute minor for his actions, argued that he didn’t “try and hit him in the head.”

Lupul has gotten off to a terrific start since returning from his forearm injury with three goals and four points in his last two games.

  1. boltsfan777 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    You can say it’s always been this way, but this year I see too many checks delivered seemingly for the sole purpose of maiming the opponent. The purpose of a check is supposed to be to take the opponent out of the play, not to end their career. These goons are just shooting their teams in the foot and putting everyone else in the mindset to get even. It seems a big chunk of the threads on this site revolve around who is the dirtier team. When a player on their own team is the victim, the fan is automatically outraged, but if a player on the other team is the victim, it was always a clean hit. It’s just silly. The coaches must be condoning it, unless the players just aren’t listening.

    • boltsfan777 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Just for the record, I think Lupul just made a split-second poor decision, like a lot of players, and he didn’t intend to maim Hedman. The Rinaldo hit the other night was clearly intended to main Malone, and Rinaldo easily saw that Malone was trying to track a bouncing puck and didn’t see him coming. I think everyone here knows a hit can be dirty and still technically within the rules.

      • kgod30 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        For the record he elbowed him in the face…Lupul will be suspended.

      • tatdue - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Lupol might get one game but by no means was there any intent to injure and kgod30, you moron, maybe you should try watching the video before thinking yourself witty! There was no elbow at all. Lupols shoulder makes contact with Hedmans head but since Lupol is nowhere near being labelled a dirty player I think this was nothing more than a poorly timed hit….

  2. mclovinhockey - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Looked a lot like what giroux did in the playoffs last year. He got 1 game…. Lupul isn’t a dirty player, Maybe 1 or 2 games

  3. mpg44 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    The first angle looks real bad for lupul. But I don’t about it after seeing that second angle.

  4. jwcamp - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Looks like he raised his elbow to make contact and that his right foot left the ice in order to leverage a bigger hit. Two no-nos.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Yeah, that’s what I saw and that’s what drew the penalty in the first place. Lupul saying he didn’t try to hit Hedman in the head is pretty lame. You’d think some of these guys were unaware that video recording had even been invented.

    • tatdue - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      “his right foot left the ice in order to leverage a bigger hit”

      That makes absolutely no sense at all! A no-no would be if both feet left the ice (you know jumping, which would make it charging) not one foot! Tell me smart guy….what do you call this so called penalty for having one skate off the ice? Hop-Skotching maybe? By the way there was no elbow either. His shoulder made contact with Hedman’s head….

  5. rca26 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Yo, Hedman is 6 foot 6. Pretty hard to “accidentally” hit him in the head. Were ya aiming for the air above him and missed because he was too tall?

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    One, maybe two…no elbow, lousy timing. Lapse of common sense going in more than anything?

    Apparently the sniper stalking Marian Hossa was delayed by bad weather as Hedman [ and Coyle in Detroit ] were able to cowboy-up and skate to their respective benches…

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