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Video: McGinn called for charging after hit on Seth Jones

Nov 6, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

Jamie McGinn was handed a charging minor for a questionable hit on Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones in the first period of Wednesday’s game.

McGinn, the Colorado Avalanche forward, caught Jones with a hit into the end boards behind the Nashville net. Jones went to reverse the puck, but just as he turned to face the boards, McGinn made contact, driving Jones hard into the boards from behind.

Jones was slow to get up, but returned to the game, playing one more shift in the opening period, before taking a regular turn in the second.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Mcginn was staring him down the whole way, he was committed to the hit. Jones sees him coming in for the hit and some how he ends up hitting his face on the boards. It almost looked like he went to turn out of the way the slightest bit but it is hard to tell.

    Curious what everyone else thinks of this hit. Very awkward and glad he got up right away.

    • enteneller10 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Tough call. You had Mitchell starting to get tied up and McGinn coming in for the check. It’s a bad situation to try to make a hit. To be fair, McGinn left his feet after making contact, and Jones turning (to avoid the hit or because he was caught up with Mitchell, not sure) didn’t help.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if a suspension was handed out, though I think it’s highly debatable. With the way the league has positioned itself regarding high hits, I’d assume they’d give him a game or two, but seeing all of the other factors in this play, I don’t think it’ll be anything too substantial.

      It doesn’t look like McGinn was aiming high. If you look at the replay from the different angles, it looks like McGinn was lining him up for shoulder to shoulder, but with Jones getting caught up and turning, it ends up with McGinn getting the shoulder into his back/neck/head. Just an unfortunate twist on what might otherwise be a relatively routine play.

    • ziplock10 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      He left his feet and drove is elbow to Jones head. That should get a suspension.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Mcginn left his feat. Good call by the refs. Could be in line for a Shanaban.

      If he keeps his feet on the ice, no issue with the hit.

      • cofran2004 - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        It didn’t look like he jumped into the hit to me, more like the impact caused him to leave his feet. I don’t think thats how mcginn intended to hit him… jones tried to avoid the hit, changed levels, and unfortunately got his teeth driven into the dasher…

        I think that was just a hockey play. Does mcginn have a history of this? I don’t really have a dog in this fight, this is just how I saw it.

      • youvebeenphaneufed - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        It’s ‘feet.” Seriously?

  2. hines86for6 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    looks like he leaves his feet to me.

  3. hines86for6 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    this is a fantastic game, by the way.

    Viktor Stalberg has showed up with a pt, an assist, and some great fore checking.

    also, is Duchene one of the top 5 fastest skaters in the league? He has a breakaway goal splitting both D men that tied the game at 4.

    Press up 5-4 with 2 to go in the 3rd.

  4. lordfletcher - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    What I don’t like is his initial judgement. Should have been playing the puck, not the skater.

    Skated from a long distance to make the check
    Leaves his feet and targets too high while checking.
    Seth Jones should not have turned as he had but didn’t have many options.

    Hope he is okay

    -Wild fan

  5. mattymarts17 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Glad Jones is alright, on one hand Jones kind of turned into it. On the other hand, as mentioned above, guy left his feet.

  6. hines86for6 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    doesn’t leaving one’s feet automatically result in a fine/suspension, especially when you target high?

  7. pxland - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    It appears to me he leaves his feet after contact which isn’t abnormal.

    What worries me about it is that Jones sees him coming and turns to the boards, perhaps putting himself in an awkward situation to get that call. I know that won’t be a popular assessment, but it wouldn’t be the first time it has happened.

  8. scionofflame - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I’m concerned that the last time the Preds faced Colorado, they gave Roman Josi a concussion. This time around they might’ve done the same to Seth Jones.

    Definitely think McGinn leaves his feet though. Was thinking it with each replay they showed during the game.

  9. malinpaul - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I think the league needs to better align teams and players on hits.

    premise 1 – It should be the hitters responsibility to ensure the other player doesn’t get injured. (in this case Seth Jones was tied up and far from the boards and thus the Mginn should have taken extra care to ensure he didn’t hurt Jones).

    premise 2 – and maybe this is going too far – if a star player is injured, the other team should lose a comparable star AND the person who made the hit. make it entirely a bad thing for a team to have players that are reckless, or to send goons out to injure stars. – maybe a caveat here for freak accidents or for long injuries the team can alternate which of their own stars serve the additional suspension if it is going to be a long one. But – say Seth Jones is injured 10 games, Avs lose a top 4 Dman for 10 games, AND lose McGinn for say twice as long as the Jones injury, 20.

    premise 3 – Things like leaving your feet, lining up a hit from a long way away, allowing the hittees head or knee to experience contact from a the hitter or the board. should be punished even without an injury.

    sounds harsh, but players have to desperately NOT want to have outcomes like this. I think in a world with aligned incentives like that McGinn does not go flying into a player that is tied up and several feet from the boards.

    The league needs to REALLY REALLY care about its stars.

  10. shaundre93 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    It didn’t look THAT bad to me. Maybe worth a game, just to send a message that players really need to be more careful. It wasn’t a terrible hit, but unnecessary. Also, Jones has got to protect himself better. I feel like that has been lost in these arguments. There has to be some responsibility on the hitee to protect himself, not turn his back to the player after he’s already committed to the hit. It was a hard play by a good, clean, hard player. They’ve got to start teaching young players how to properly receive a hit so this stops happening

  11. elvispocomo - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    It’s a close one. I don’t think he left his feet prior to the hit, but only after or during the contact. He certainly travels a fair distance to get to that spot and make the hit, which is another element of the charging penalty, but I’m not sure where this falls for suspensions on that alone.

  12. bleedingteal4life - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Looks fine to me. I do see his feet come up a little, but it looks more like he’s trying to get out of the way rather than a launching check.

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