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Video: Marty Reasoner gets ejected for hit on Jussi Jokinen

May 1, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-0 Game 1 win against the New York Islanders ended with some controversy on Wednesday, as Isles forward Marty Reasoner was ejected for this leg-to-leg hit on Penguins scorer Jussi Jokinen:

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That caused quite the parade to the penalty box.

Reasoner received a game misconduct and five-minute major for kneeing. Among the other players who received game misconducts for the ensuing scrum: Islanders Matt Moulson and Casey Cizikas along with Penguins Douglas Murray, Pascal Dupuis and Jarome Iginla.

Reasoner, 36, doesn’t really have a lengthy history of questionable hits, but he might get a call from the league nonetheless.

Jokinen, 30, looked shaken up by that hit, but if you’re looking for clarity, you might have to wait. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma didn’t seem interested in giving injury updates regarding Jokinen or James Neal after the game.

  1. Stiller43 - May 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    He did stick his leg out. You cant have that. I would say its suspension worthy, but you never know with shanny and now that its the playoffs.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 2, 2013 at 5:53 AM

      No suspension the Penguins will just get 5 on 3’s the rest of the series !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM

        Piere McGuire convinced himself it was leg on leg he must have said leg on leg 5 times he should have been saying thats skate on skate ! No penalty !

    • orangandblack - May 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      questionable…like the article says, he’s been around a long time and doesn’t have a history of plays like this. Either way wouldn’t surprise me. My guess, is since the the questionable hit was a leg on leg, and not an obvious head hunt, he’ll play.

      • steelpenbucs87 - May 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        I agree with orangeandblack on this one and – oh you’ll have to excuse me there appears to be a pig flying outside my window. One second while I get rid of him…..

        Sorry about that, he was babbling something about ‘frozen hell’, but I couldn’t really understand him.

        Anywho, I don’t think you can suspend a guy for that hit. I would expect his wallet to get a little lighter but he won’t miss time.

      • orangandblack - May 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        hahaha, hey you don’t have to assume that everything I say is garbage just becasue my name is orangandblack. It’s okay to agree every once in a while. At least, it okay as long as they’re not playing each other.

  2. bcisleman - May 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    There may have been knee to knee contact, but that wasn’t obvious from the clip. It also did not look to me like Marty was trying to make knee to knee contact. Consensus of a lot of Islander fans is Shanny would be doing Cappy a favor by an enforced benching, but I don’t see a basis for it. Other question is what do Pens do if Sid isn’t ready and Jokinen can’t play?

    • mordock57 - May 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Dupuis goes back to center the third line (where he and Morrow were tearing it up together) and you’d likely see Bennett back up to fill his slot while TK comes back to the fourth line.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Don’t forget Dustin Jeffrey is a center, and not bad on faceoffs either. Vitale should be ready by Friday too, and he’s also really good on the draw. This team is deep so the guys banged up can afford to rest.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      I actually thought they would just call a trip on that one, but I think the league takes exception to any time a player sticks the leg out, whether they catch them with the knee or not. Interesting question on center, though – before Jokinen was picked up Bylsma tried TK at center…but if he does that in the playoffs I’m not watching.

      Hoping for Jeffrey, if not then Vitale…would be nice to bump Sutter up a line to play with Dupuis and Kunitz, but I don’t think he’ll separate the third line.

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I don’t think you’re going to get your wish on the suspension haha, but my guess is he’ll be making a forced donation to the player’s emergency fund.

      I would expect Jeffrey gets first crack at running the second line center, and Adams on the fourth line center. Not exactly what I would want but I think that is what HCDB would do.

  3. malkinrulez - May 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Dirty hit and play, he gets suspended like I said earlier doesn’t matter as Reasoners best years are behind him. To answer Bcisles Dupuis can play center.

    • pens5829 - May 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      To quote the late, great (in his mind) Al Davis, “just win baby!”.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Your wrong !

  4. nunan - May 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Not suspension-worthy. Zero knee contact. All foot and ankle. It’s a trip at most. People, like Pierre, love to immediately jump on the ‘dirty hit’ bandwagon.

    • mordock57 - May 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Reasoner TRIED to go knee on knee and missed. Absolutely suspension worthy. There was no reason for leg contact at all in that spot. It was a solid penalty and misconduct call by the ref.

      • nunan - May 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        He didn’t try to go knee on knee. I doubt any player really ever TRIES to go knee on knee because most players don’t run around trying to injure someone else, nevermind the damage that sort of hit could do to the player initiating contact. This is the same thing with the Ference elbow tonight. It is a natural reaction for anyone who is expecting contact to extend themselves towards the other player when that player tries to avoid the hit at the last second. Try it, you’ll see. Jokinen jumps out of the way at the last second. Reasoner extends towards him, mostly with his upper body. He barely even moved his leg. Jokinen is the type of player who is going to lie there and try to milk it.

      • xavier46 - May 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        Nunan – S a fat D man. That was a blatant contact seeking movement. Watch it in full speed, he’s trying to nail Jokinen low. Take off your homer glasses for minute. Fellow isles fans are admitting that’s a cheap shot! Is it the worst hit you’ll see, no! Is it cheap and obvious, yes.

        Luckily for you, there’s only 3 games left in this series.

      • nunan - May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Xavier – literally LOL’d at your comment. As for the hit, pretty clear I’m a Bruins fan. Jokinen milked it and I guarantee he is skating today with the team. I’m just not one of those emotional people who over-react to every hit that MIGHT be dirty. I watch it again and then make a judgement, independent of what I want to see. You clearly are a Pens fan and WANT it to be a dirty hit so you can complain about Reasoner. You were calling it dirty before you even watched the replay just bc at full speed it looked bad. Just another example of a player putting himself in a bad position bc he lets up and tries to avoid the hit instead of following through on the contact.

      • penshockey29 - May 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        I didn’t see any knee-on-knee contact, either. And I do have to agree with nunan that most players aren’t going to really go for knee-on-knee in that it’s just too easy to get hurt themselves.
        But Reasoner didn’t go for the puck at all, altho it seems as if he did have a shot at it. He was going after Jokinen and he did raise his elbow in an attempt to hit Jokinen with it. You can see that more clearly in the what I think was the third slo-mo showing (the camera’s behind Jokinen).

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 2, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      Your so right ! So now you get suspended for skate on skate ! McGuire has no shame showing his allegiance to the team from Pittsburgh ! Put Don Cherry between the benches at least you will get the truth !

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      You are right that he didnt’ connect with a knee, but a major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct was called on the ice, and the play didn’t look all that great – so there’s no argument to the contrary. I don’t think the league takes kindly to players sticking knees out in general. If you are skating down the ice and I try to punch you in the face as hard as I can, but get your shoulder instead, chances are I still get thrown, or more. Doesn’t make it “clean”.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      That Ference elbow was some dirty, dirty sh*t…I honestly couldn’t care less who wins that match up, but there’s no way someone outside of Boston (which you are not) thinks that’s clean. That was even worse than Del Zotto’s…the play was right there in front of Ference and he chose to go in with his elbow up….toss him.

      • nunan - May 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Disagree. Nothing about that was dirty. There was no call on the play and, per Dreger, the league isn’t even going to review it. They teach you in mites not to let up when going in to make contact. Grabovski did just that and the result is his fault. Was going to be clean, shoulder to shoulder contact. Natural reaction by Ference and just a result of the speed of the game.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Jesus I’ve never seen so many people (only NYR and BOS fans, strangely) argue that eblowing someone in the face is a legal play. They do NOT teach you to EVER get your elbows, your stick, or your blades up in hockey….no level teaches that. “not letting up” is NOT the same as leading with an elbow – that arguement is asinine. Under your logic, Erskine’s elbow to Simmonds was fine, and is taught in Mites.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Also – Dustin Brown was just suspended two games…similar hit. Very similar…I’m sure it’d be different if he played for Boston, eh?

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        And Dreger is wrong, by the way.

  5. JoeAvg - May 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    “What do Pens do if Sid isn’t ready and Jokinen can’t play?”

    Smart money is on them continuing to win.

  6. jl9830 - May 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    As an Islander fan, Reasoner should be suspended. I have hated Darcy Tucker for a decade because of garbage like this. No place for that. Not the worst hit ever, but review/suspension worthy for sure.

  7. dmfc1112 - May 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    This is a classic case of a player trying to avoid a hit and leaving himself vulnerable. It sure looks like he was milking it.

  8. ndrick731 - May 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    It’s the penguins so there will be a suspension.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      That was confusing – can you clarify that one? No suspension on the Neal concussion (there should have been one), or on either Crosby concussion hit (no, there shouldn’t have been), on the play that took Malkin’s knee (shouldn’t have been)….I actually can’t remember the last time a player was suspended for a play against a Penguin – help me out with that one? Thanks!

      • nicknyhc - May 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        There absolutely should NOT have been a suspension on the MDZ/Neal hit. Look at the hit Letang threw on Tavares tonight when NEITHER player had the puck. Very similar to the MDZ/Neal hit except MDZ had the puck and Neal was the one who initiated contact.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        And most importantly – no elbow to the face. Did you miss that? The hit from Del Zotto was fine, outside of the frigging elbow to the face. That’s the difference.

      • nicknyhc - May 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Most importantly, Neal was the one who threw the hit, not Del Zotto. Did you miss that? Don’t throw a hit at a guy’s back and there will be no excuse if he bucks up and catches you with an elbow. The player with possession of the puck is not initiating the hit and doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head to know exactly where your head is when you’re coming in to throw the hit.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Del Zotto didn’t have the puck…and there was no contact prior to Del Zotto launching and spinning backwards with his elbow up. Neal’s a tall guy…that elbow was WAY up there. Del Zotto raced to get in FRONT of Neal, then pulled that dirty crap. I do not have a problem with contact in that circumstance, just the dirty practice of picking the elbow up…no different than Dustin Brown…who was suspended for it. Dirty play, dirty player, dirty coach, dirty team.

      • nicknyhc - May 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        You’re delusional guy. All rivalries aside, you’d have to be deaf, blind and dumb to believe that. I hate MDZ and wish the Rangers would trade him because he makes bad pinches and is a turn over machine and is a very over rated defenseman, but trying to portray him as a goon or tough guy is just laughable. The guy doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head and had no way of knowing he was going to hit Neal’s head, much less give him a concussion.

        The hit Letang threw on Tavares was even dirtier because neither player had the puck (which was about 7 feet away). You better believe that hit was thrown only because it was Tavares.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Player’s responsible for his elbow…and don’t give me sh*t about not knowing where Neal was, he raced in front of him. Neither Neal nor Del Zotto had the puck, either. BUT, once again – I have no issue with the contact there – I DO have issue with swinging the elbow high. Brown did it…suspended. Erskine did it…suspended…Del Zotto did it…got away with it. Same as Ference. I actually don’t like either Del Zotto’s contact or Letang’s contact, it’s interference in both cases, but is not being called, NOR is the charging and boarding of D-men into the glass when they touch the puck…so I’ll give both of them that. But to use an elbow is dirt.

      • nicknyhc - May 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        …and its funny that you say the Rangers are a dirty team. They’ve actually taken less penalties than any other team in the league this year…..and how exactly can a coach play dirty?

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        It’s Tortorella…the guy BREATHES dirty air. He fits in with NY perfectly.

  9. cspsrbums - May 2, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    NBC commentators need to get off the Pens nuts that wasn’t as bad or intentional as they made it out to be. They are so bias what a joke

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      it was a five minute major and he was thrown from the game. catch up…

  10. jpat2424 - May 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    That’s not suspension worthy. Hawks fan

  11. zdh8771 - May 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Diehard Pens fan here. I don’t think that is suspension worthy at all. Jokinen tried to juke out of the way and their legs hit. I don’t think it should have been a 5 minute major (I think they did that just to get things calmed down because it was getting chippy).

    I think it was a 2 minute tripping penalty as Reasoner did kind of give a kicking motion and was looking down at his feet.

    I believe these “kneeing” penalties are probably the most difficult calls to make in the NHL. You essentially need a replay to make the call unless it is extremely obvious, which I think is rare.

    I am one of the few Pens fans that didn’t really think the Ovie knee on Gonchar a few years back was really a big deal. It was another case of a player moving laterally and the person making the check widens their bace to protect themselves and it is accidental.

    I do think there needs to be some sort of discussion about a rule change for Playoff Series and maybe home and home games. When the game is out of hand and guys are just making runs at people at the end of games and taking penalties I think that any penalty time left at the end of the game should be carried over to the next game.

    I think this will make players think twice about taking the unnecessary cheap shots at the end of games. However, I think the league should review the calls and see if it was the correct call and if it was not, then the penalty time wouldnt carry over.

    The league talks a big game about player safety but doesnt implement simple fixes to make the game safer.

    I know rival team’s fans want to see superstars get blown up and possibly hurt but that is bad for the game. As much as I enjoy seeing Ovie struggle like he did at the beginning of the season, its bad for the game when the superstars are not doing well.

    And as much as some people hate Ovie or Crosby, they are the two biggest superstars in the game. Im not saying that there are other great players but those two are the most marketable players in the league.

    Sorry for the dissertation of a post but I just wanted to get some thoughts out.

    LETS GO PENS!!!!

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      ” am one of the few Pens fans that didn’t really think the Ovie knee on Gonchar a few years back was really a big deal. It was another case of a player moving laterally and the person making the check widens their bace to protect themselves and it is accidental.”

      You kind of lost your credibility on the subject with that paragraph…that’s where I stopped reading. The refs, the teams, and the league (and 95% of the fans) disagree with your interpretation.

  12. nicknyhc - May 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This Reasoner hit was more ankle on ankle than knee on knee. Looked like he just missed the hit, doesn’t look suspension worthy to me. I think a 2 minute minor would have been appropriate.

    How could this Reasoner hit be a suspension but this hit Orpik threw last year wasn’t? Come on refs, lets see some consistency even when the golden boys are involved.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Even though I think you’re an idiot, I agree about this hit, and the consistency.

  13. multiplemiggs - May 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    You mean skate to skate hit

  14. multiplemiggs - May 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Being that Reasoner doesn’t wear a Ranger jersey, he’ll be suspended. Being that he wears an Islander jersey, he’ll be suspended longer than the average legnth.

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