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Video: Predators’ Clune ejected for late hit

Mar 23, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

It’s been a busy few days for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and now Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune may be expecting a call for supplemental discipline.

Clune was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for a late, high hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov in the first period of Saturday’s game.

Anisimov was shaken up on the hit and cut near the right eye. The Blue Jackets already came into the game without Brandon Dubinsky, who is out with a lower body injury and suffered a setback, head coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch.

  1. buckeye044 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Certainly didn’t play the puck. Fine maybe.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Time for Shanny to flip the punishment coin again.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Clean all the way.

  3. nflfan4now - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Shanahan has to check with the bosses first to see if they need nashville kn the playoffs, then he can decide on a punishment.

  4. withseidelinn - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Not even remotely close to dirty. But who knows what that means for Shanahan.

  5. boisehockeyref - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Clean all the way? Wow… One, he left his feet. Two, Anisimov was not the puck carrier, three, blind side hit, four, injury resulted. You don’t see many major plus game misconducts for interference, but this absolutely fit the bill.

    • billsin20xx - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Yes but you have to apply the new Nash standard, he allows “rotten” hits as long as they don’t target the head.
      I can’t wait for every player being reviewed to bring his Nash video in to the hearing and say how was it worse than this?

  6. fusionix7 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I had to do a freeze frame to see for sure. Clune did leave his feet. I don’t think he targeted the head but he definitely contacted it with his left arm. If he didn’t launch himself he wouldn’t have contacted the head at all.

    One thing is for sure Clune has cemented his reputation as a dirty player. It seems like every Nashville game I watch he gets a penalty for boarding. I know he has been fined for boarding but I don’t think he’s had a suspension at the NHL level….Yet. Regardless if he gets suspended for this hit or not he needs a wake up call.

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