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No suspension coming for Boychuk on Toews hit

Jun 23, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Johnny Boychuk can stop holding his breath.

TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie both report this morning that the Bruins defenseman will not see further discipline for his hit on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.

Midway through the second period, Boychuk caught Toews cutting across the middle of the attack zone with a hard hit up high. The hit appeared to initially catch Toews in his shoulder and ride up into his head. Toews sat on the bench for most of the third period but did not play following the hit leading many to believe he suffered a head injury.

As it is, Toews is listed as having an upper body injury and coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful he’ll play in Monday’s Game 6.

  1. Exiled1 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    If that’s not an egregious shot to the head then it is about as close to it as you are going to get.

    • nunan - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Do you people see with your eyes? There is clearly ZERO head contact. It was high enough to warrant thinking ‘this might be a head shot’..but once you watch the video and see he hit him in the shoulders, you should ackowledge it was just a hard hit to a star player…the league did.

      • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        And what video did YOU watch? Obviously, you only “see” with your bias.
        And the league did nothing. No surprise there.

      • nunan - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Nope..I take pride in my unbiased eye. But I recognize the majority of fans’ tendency to think in ‘extremes’ where everything that happens on the ice is considered the worst thing that ever happened…they immediately jump to conclusions, make things up, and assume the worst. Please watch the video again and tell me the exact second head contact is made…pause it on that moment…let me know and I’ll re-watch.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        You should take a look at the video of the Rome hit. That’s an all shoulder, hockey play. It was 4 games in the Finals. Boychuk certainly could have gotten one game for a hit targeting the head that wasn’t much of a hockey play.

      • nunan - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        imleftcoast – but now you’re forgetting the lateness of the Rome hit. Wasn’t it called interference? If you interfere with a player (who naturally isn’t expecting to be interfered with) and you severely injure him, as Rome did to Horton, then it’s suspend-able. I didn’t watch your video because I know the clip and comparing a hit from way back when Stevens was playing to a hit that happened a couple days ago, is going to be a bad comparison…different rules, different time, etc..I agree that he didn’t hit Horton in the head though. It was his head hitting the ice that knocked him out. Either way, late hit means gone-zo. Boychuk hit the other night was shoulder/upper chest to a player who cut towards the net with the puck. Big hit..clean hit. Again…anyone who can point out the exact moment Boychuk makes direct head contact will prove me wrong. Didn’t happen though.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Terrible. But not surprising.

  3. nepo784 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    @Exiled1. Because its the cup, Brah! “Toes” wants to talk a big game to the media about “bringing it” to Chara, but when he gets “it” brought to him, you Jabroni’s are up in arm. Shuuuuuuush!

    • suprsquirrel - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Your use of ‘Jabroni’ just goes to show you have the equivalent IQ of the many mouth breathing goons aka the Boston Bruins.

      Furthermore, any idiot with a lick of sense knows he was meaning attacking Chara by taking their play at him and not trying to avoid him on the ice. He wasn’t speaking of trying to lobotomizing him as Girlchuck did to Toews.

      It takes a special kind of goon to try to give someone a concussion by attacking where the person can’t even see it coming. If the NHL disciplinarian wasn’t a Hawk hater Girlchuck would be sitting out game six.

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        “Girlchuck”? And you’re making fun of HIS I.Q.?

      • pouncex23 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Girlchuck? How old are you?

      • upyourstodd - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        I hope by saying “GirlChuck” you were trying to spell Manchuck. That man can play on my team anyday. He is earning a big payday this postseason.

    • dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Hahaha…Jabroni. I miss the 90′s

    • imleftcoast - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      The Rome hit in 2011 was a half second later, and he got a 4-game suspension.

  4. dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Somewhere right now Gryba is losing his marbles…

  5. valarmorghuliss - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    NHL continues to embarrass itself.
    They call pass interference in the Superbowl, they will call Holding too. But the NHL throws out its rule book the second the playoffs begins.

    “Don’t want to see the refs decide the game” is the biggest cop out statement the average hockey fan has in their vocabulary.
    It’s not the refs deciding the game, it’s the players who continue to commit infractions that forces the refs to blow the whistle who are deciding games.

    This entire playoffs has been a joke, just like last years. Entertaining of course because playoff hockey is just that, but it’s been an inconsistent mess and should be nothing short of embarrassing for the league.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Oh ya, my main point, why would the NHL suspend a player, when it’s the league and refs who contributed the most to the questionable hit?

      The Toews hit is a direct result of the refs putting the whistles in their pockets. Players figure they can get away with more, get frustrated seeing what type of hits and plays are going uncalled, and test the limits of what they can get away with this time of the year.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Right on, and after this hit to the head & neck is given a pass by the league, it would seem head shots are ok for now.

    • sunderlanding - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Really? They didn’t call the hold in last years Superbowl at the very end of the game. Strike zones always change from ump to ump, and shrink in important games. In the NBA finals this year I remember one of the analysts saying that he didn’t mind them not calling a foul because it was the finals. Don’t fool yourself. All sports do this.

  6. neelybourque778 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Give me a break, guys. That is not a suspendable offense. What a ridiculous reach to even suggest a suspension.

    • pudgalvin - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I thought it was close, but he did (barely) make contact with the shoulders first. I’m ok with the decision.

    • stakex - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Its really not. No one seems to know the rules anymore though. The hit CLEARLY, not barely, but CLEARLY was to the shoulders first. Its not illegal to make some head contact.

      • pudgalvin - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        I understand the rules perfectly, which I why I said I was fine with no suspension. But what percentage of that hit got the shoulders and what got the head? 10/90? 5/95? That was a hit on teows head that grazed his shoulders first.

    • pens5829 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Give us a break. If that was Matt Cooke you, every Boston fan out there, and that d-bag owner that hasn’t completed his investigation yet would be calling for a complete ban from the game. By commenting on this you’ve shown your true Boston homer self.

      Rules are rules. Except in the playoffs (and SCF). The officiating this post season has been a joke. NOTHING like the regular season. Why even play the full season ( to scam the fans out of there money) when rules don’t mean squat come April, May, and June?

      Don’t kid yourself. This was a suspend able hit. But Shanny doesn’t have the cahonies to do that with one or two games left. Not to Boston.

  7. soxcloe74 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Shanny, Bettman, & DPS = ZERO credibility.

  8. denverwally - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Geez relax Chicago, there is more contact going into the end boards on a dump in than on this hit. It was contact to the shoulder that rode up to his head because he was already going down, unfortunate that he got his bell rung but it is a contact sport.
    And the fact is that Toews WAS talking trash about bringing the hammer to the Bruins, and Chara specifically. Unfortunately this time for Toews, he was the nail and Boychuk was the hammer.

    • suprsquirrel - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Again, if you’re too stupid to understand that Toews ‘take it to Chara’ comments were in reference to taking their PLAY to him and not away from him, not ‘attacking’ him, well, you’re just a special kind of stupid.

      • dudermcrbohan - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        thanks, nobody got it the first time

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      It is a contact sport, but you Boston homers may want to stop and think before you make yourselves look like even bigger fools than you are, and that’s not an easy thing. It was a hit targeting the head and neck, that’s OBVIOUS. Boychuk lunged at his head. Watch the video and you can clearly see his head get jarred to the side from the contact. If you can’t acknowledge that simple FACT, then you are hopeless. Toews and his mates did bring the hammer to Chara and the bear cubs or didn’t you see them going by Chara for another few goals tonight?

      Hawks in 6!!

  9. thailer35 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Seriously? This hit was even questioned as suspendable? It was a good, hard, clean hit.

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Only to those of you living in the bubble.

  10. jpat2424 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    It was a hard hit. Clean? It’s questionable. But who cares. 1 more and it’s over.

  11. fallen737 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    his hands were very high and still made contact with his head. last I checked the nhl was trying to eliminate head contact but in the playoffs I guess everything’s okay right?

    • dudermcrbohan - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      when was the last time you checked?

    • matt14gg - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      fallen737: “last I checked the nhl was trying to eliminate head contact”

      Not only is that NOT true, but the NHL has NEVER said it is trying to “eliminate head contact”. It is trying to eliminate “the head as the PRINCIPAL point of contact.” The league, and people that have actually played the game, know that you are NEVER going to get rid of contact to the head. What they want is to get rid of guys targeting the head. The league knew quite clearly that Boychuk DID NOT TARGET THE HEAD and he DID NOT MAKE THE HEAD THE “PRINCIPAL POINT OF CONTACT”.

      The league got this call exactly right. It would be helpful if people would actually learn the rules before they make moronic comments on this website. The good news is that the Bruins are playing a team that is a lot like they are. The Blackhawks don’t whine and have already stated they are fine with the league’s decision and are moving on. I suspect if they were playing a team north of the border for the Cup, there would be calls to have Boychuk arrested and prosecuted. Thank god the Bruins are playing a team with same level of honor and pride who aren’t going to whine and rely on the league to help them win.

      • dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        So, “north of the borber” teams “whine”? Really? You know that a large number of people that read/comment on these sites are from north of the border. Most of the players on both teams are from north of the border. The majority of players in the NHL are from north of the border. Do you know that the last time USA won gold at the olympics about 80% played their jr. hockey in Canada. So, speaking of moronic comments…

        Please remove head from a$$

      • dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Oh, and “playing a team with the same level of honour and pride who aren’t going to whine…”? You’re right, haven’t heard any whining about the officiating or chumps making stupid comments about the only reason Hawks got this far is because of lucky bounces. Most B’s fans are great supporters of their team (and hockey in general) and very knowledgable about the game. You are not one of them

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Matt14gg, you really look like a fool when you make stupid statements. YOU should really learn the rules. The NHL could get rid of contact to the head if they were serious about it. The fact that they had to debate as long as they did about penalties for head shots, just shows they aren’t serious about protecting players. Boychuk targeting the head like we see on this play is precisely what the league should be dealing with, but they turn their collective heads and then we get to deal with all the garbage as a result of this escalating. If this isn’t a penalty, then how hard do you have to hit a guy in the head to get a penalty? We know if this had been a hit on Bergeron or Savard, oh wait Savard isn’t playing because of hits to the head, well if it were a hit on Bergeron, coach Julie-Ann would have been whining for 10 minutes in his post game presser.

  12. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Anybody who’s questioning this hit must not have actually watched the video. It’s not illegal to hit a guy when he isn’t looking. And it certainly isn’t illegal to hit said player in the shoulder. I’m really perplexed as to why this is even being considered remotely close to illegal or dirty. ANY player in the NHL sees a chance to put a good, clean lick on the opposing teams captain he better take it.

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      And here you are making another stupid comment.
      If you bothered to watch the video from BEHIND THE NET, you’d see it was a definite head shot.
      Damn, you were given eyes but just can’t see.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      If you have watched this video and you’re still perplexed, then you need an appointment with an eye doctor or a psychiatrist. Good, clean hits aren’t the problem, lunging at a guy’s head and hitting with a forearm shiver are clearly not good, clean hits.

  13. stakex - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    This hit was as clean as a hit can get. If you think the principle point of contact was the head, or even that there was more head contact then shoulder contact, then you are looking at this video with biased eyes. The contact is to the shoulders, and only some slight head contact is made…. and the head contact is only made because of the way Toews is going down.

    Its unfortunate that he was hurt on the play, but the hit was perfectly clean. People need to stop with the lynch mob every time a player is hurt by a big hit, and accept that injury != dirty hit.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Speaking of biased eyes. You’re also going blind.

  14. detroitcityy - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    It was a clean hit of course there was no suspension

    • jrhawk - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Another bubble resident.

  15. sjsharks66 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    If this hit was on Handzus no black hawk fan would care. It was on their captain though. The one that said they should not be afraid of chara or the bruins.

    Get over it Hawks fans. Stop crying and win one more game.

  16. girouxed - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I don’t think suspension.. They should’ve called it a penalty. Then they should’ve called a penalty on the Krug trip

  17. matt14gg - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    This is what playoff hockey is all about. Two hardnosed teams and the refs letting them settle it on the ice. To me the only errors by the refs are things like the Krug trip or the Jagr hook. Was it a trip? Yup, but at that point I wasn’t expecting a call and I am ok with that. It’s a lot like the Jagr hook on Malkin in the last round. Was it a hook? Yup, but in the playoffs you have to fight through that and that’s the way it should be.

    Tomorrow night will be more of the same and when it’s over the best team will have won.

  18. sportsfan111 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    The bottom line is that Rule 48.1 clearly does not permit such a hit to the head. I understand that it is the Cup that is on the line so you have to see the decision by Shanahan for what it is. Shanahan does not want to help decide the Champion by suspending Boychuck and making the Bruins shorthanded this late in the series. Thus, he is not enforcing the rule. The hit, however, is outside of the rules.

  19. tripps3 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I think Chara’s elbow to Toews head was more blatant than this hit. B’s were desperate and reacted by playing dirty

  20. ajsjr40 - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    A good, clean, tough hockey hit on a player cutting across the front of the net on an excellent scoring chance. Game five of the Stanley Cup playoff should be played this way. It’s called hockey!

  21. ronocca - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Okay, he wasn’t going forr the head but to claim he hit his shouder is willful blindness. I guess the neck is okay though I’d argue that hitting someone in the neck at that speed is dangerous.

  22. bills4 - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Why should there be any suspension! This isn’t basketball!!

  23. chrischi2 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Another big break for the Boston style of “physical” play as Johnny Crosschuk gets away with another one

  24. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    The NHL did a great job of ignoring the fact that the Guin’s forearm is in direct contact with a body part above the shoulder … I can’t remember if it’s called a head or a neck or what … oh and sure loved that follow through …. crushing Toes into the ice. No problem there, none ‘tall.

  25. wretchu - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Very clearly hit the shoulder and rode up. Man, lots of Hawks fans whining because their captain took a check. I don’t see you guys complaining about the officiating when the refs very clearly miss all those trips you guys commit.

    • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Can’t profess to be a fan of either team … I’d rather see hockey than antics from the movie Roller ball. It’s unbelievable to see the upper cuts to the jaw by some of these guys – at least some of the blatant stuff was whistled last game, including one heck of an upper cut. The dirty stuff will continue until next regular season because the zebras have their marching orders — they have a boss, too. I’d put my money on the meanest team to win the Cup.

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