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Video: Dangerous vs. dirty hits

Mar 31, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

Hits from behind are a problem for the NHL because they’re both dangerous to deliver and occasionally difficult to police. Keith Jones discusses the challenges for officials and the fine line between a dangerous vs. a dirty hit in the video below.

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  1. blomfeld - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM


    Friends, don’t kid yourselves about this business. The difference between a malicious “dirty” hit and a “clean” hit gone awry, is as vast as that great canyon which straddles the Colorado River in northern Arizona! The underlying factor which needs to always be determined is that of “intent” ? Did the perpetrator of a dirty hit deliver such hit “vis-a-vis” an act of negligence? … or was such dirty hit the result of a premeditated act of malice? As an ardent and values-driven fan of the LA Kings and the game of hockey at large, I would submit that anyone found guilty of the latter should be “dealt with” in the most harshest and ruthless of terms. Dirty hits equal evil … and evil should be engaged and destroyed at any/all opportunities.

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    So charas hit was only 2 minutes. Kunitz hit was 5 and a deserved 5?? Chara hits Ott from behind ( ott did embellish ) but Kunitz hit him on the side.

    Not trying to stir up problems but has Jonsey commented on the Coburn hit on Dupuis? Im wondering if he thinks that was a 5 or a 2 minute..

    Like i said, not trying to bring up old problems like ” oh my god the flyers are sooooo dirty” just curious what he thought about it.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      He didn’t comment – actually that was conspicuous in it’s absence. I understand the calls when the hit is from the back as in the Chara situation, but there most definitely is a plague of players launching themselves at the boards this year when two players are jostling shoulder to shoulder skating towards the boards.

  3. kgun80 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Embellishment? He should have expected to be cross checked in the back by a 7ft monster? Otts a big boy but Chara hitting anyone from behind is going to cause that. The only difference is Chara did it to Steve Ott. Put Pat Kaleta in Charas position and put Tyler Seguin in Otts position, and it’s a game misconduct and a suspension. Stamkos did the same thing to Kaleta last week and then followed it up by pushing him into the bench where a Tampa player hit him.
    Face facts it’s all about who is hitting and being hit! The league is a joke the refs knew it was a bad call that’s why they called Seguin for diving on a clear cut interference later in the game. The league cannot continue to allow this stuff to be judged by who is getting hit and who is hitting . The NHL once again has shown if you are a premier player you are judged differently.

  4. csilojohnson - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Now if only it was possibly to prove intent. Don’t kid yourself. Impossible

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Ummmm I don’t know if I could say embellishment on that. I only saw the play on that replay but it looked more like an off balance thing. He had one foot in the air and was shooting the puck around the boards when he was cross checked.

    Maybe I just need to see it a few more times but that’s what I saw from my phone.

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Oh and Kunitz, while not directly behind the guy, still wasn’t a hit to the side, watch his elbow, it’s right between the numbers.

    I think that and coburns hit should have warranted a suspension. Then again that’s also cause I don’t think injuries should matter how long a player is suspended so I guess it’s just my preference to suspend players with dangerous hits as well.

  7. krebsy34 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Embellishment? He’s playing the puck around the wall. Ride someone in to the boards, but hit someone from behind and propel them into the boards should be a penalty every time. It shouldn’t matter if a player should be “expecting to be hit there.” I’m sure they did expect to be hit there, just not so far away from the boards.

  8. tlndma - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    They don’t let players ride the guy into the boards anymore. That would be called holding now. I’ve heard many comments from players saying they should allow that again.

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