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Lightning’s Crombeen cross-checks Canes’ Gleason from behind

Apr 21, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension. If his recent behavior is any indication, he could make a lot of enemies in that time period.

The 27-year-old might hear from the NHL after this cross-check from behind on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason from Sunday’s 3-2 Canes win (GIF via



Gleason was helped off the ice after that hit, which happened late in the game. Pierre-Cedric Labrie received a cross-checking penalty, but Crombeen went unpunished.

Earlier in the night, Crombeen fought Nicolas Blanchard, so it’s pretty safe to say that he’s not a particularly popular guy in Carolina:

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    And the oscar goes too…..

    He was already flailing when he got the first cross check. The soft one in the back was just an added bonus.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      No offense, but that was a weasel of a hit. It wasn’t the hardest hit, but definitely not the softest. I just hate when players sneak up behind someone like a coward and hit them where they don’t have pads.

      That’s an excellent video of the apathy of the refs this year too…soft, hard, or whatever, a cross check is illegal. Way to stand there and watch it and not call it.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Was just in an area that has no padding. I once got hit with a stick there during a play and I went numb. There are so many nerves going up your lower spine that sometimes a hit there can screw you up for a bit.

  3. fonz1080 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    That’s quite the sell on Gleason’s part. Good thing the ref wasn’t chance there is a penalty on that play.

  4. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    And I thought NFL kickers knew how to flop.

  5. stakex - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Hard to tell from the GIF, but most certainly looks like a flop soccer players would be proud of.

    Either way, I see no reason he will hear from the league on this one. At most it was a moderate cross check to the lower back, something that happens 50 times a game.

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