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No suspension for Quincey after hit on Getzlaf

Dec 18, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

From’s Ansar Khan:

Quincey was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding.

While the first-period hit was certainly a dangerous one, it did not force Getzlaf out of the game, and the lack of serious injury likely played a role in the league’s apparent to decision to forgo supplemental discipline.

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  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Right call. The more I thought about it, the more it looks like Getzlaf helped launching into the boards.

  2. hockeydon10 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    He was a bit off balance (maybe a rut in the ice? it looks like maybe his skate catches on something), Quincy didn’t really hit him that hard and Getzlaf ended up with no major injury. I’m sure all this played a part in the non-suspension. You can also tell Q didn’t really mean to shove him face-first into the dasher.

    Dangerous boarding and the refs made the right call. Would rather see the refs call for an ejection and keep the game under their control than let it escalate like they sometimes do.

  3. stakex - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Indeed, definitely the right call.

    Also notice that what really make it bad is that Getzlaf’s skate catches funny in the ice, helping him fall forward. In reality Quincey hardly touches Getzlaf, and the whole play is a lot worse then it looked in terms of Quincey’s involvement.

    I think the initial reaction to this was driven by the suspension frenzy of late. However a suspension won’t, and shouldn’t, result every time someone goes into the board awkwardly.

  4. nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Right decision. Worth a penalty and that’s it. Getzlaf toe-picking made it look worse than it was. 95% of the time, it’s just a shove into the boards. Remove how ugly the fall looked and Quincey didn’t do anything malicious. Not in this case really, but I sometimes wish they’d give more explanations on why certain hits are NOT suspendable. There is clearly some confusion on what is allowed. So it makes sense to explain when something borderline is not suspenable.

  5. joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    My name is Joey and I don’t approve. Seriously! I don’t see how this is on Getzlaf. I agree that it wasn’t a hit, but it certainly looked like a push. Similar to the push Marchand put on Mohahan, only with less force. Ah! Well!

    • mshantz22 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Its not that it is Getzlaf’s fault because it isn’t. The point is, Quincey didn’t hit him very hard or intend to injure Getzlaf. Additionally the in-game discipline that Quincey received by missed the majority of the game with the misconduct in addition to the 5 minute major seemed rather appropriate.

      • joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        How can you tell when a player had an intent to injure a player? This is such a gray zone for me. Unless it’s as obvious as punching a player in the face during a fight, which is clearly intent to injure, then 100% of the physical contact we see is not made with the intent to injure.

    • hockeydon10 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      It’s not on Getzlaf. He didn’t intentionally toe-pick or catch a rut. And I believe he didn’t sell it either.

      It’s just that Quincey didn’t really shove him that hard. Hard enough for a 5 minute power play (that they scored twice on) and an ejection, forcing Detroit to play 5 D for over 45 minutes of the game.

      Usually when pushed like that the heavier Getzlaf (nearly 20 pounds heavier) just goes into the boards normally. In this case it was a bad combination that resulted in the correct penalty call, correct ejection and correct non-suspension.

      • joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        I have to admit that you’re right.

  6. atoj777 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    All of these comments are so moderate and thought out… It’s kinda spooky.

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    well spotted sjsharks66

    watch the skates…watch referees watch the skates,…watch shanahan watch the skates, always…

    skates are the biggest single clue in these plays, whether hitter or hitee, they betray intent or folly

    as stated, getzlaf toe-picked just as he was about to sell quincey’s push…do his rendition of the dragon-fly-meet-windshield-clattering that’s so popular in the ever-evolving repertoire of diving posers

    in spite of injuries you never like seeing players suffer, you have to laugh when you see them caught in their own devices…there’s nothing quite so sobering as a face first into dasher-board after prepping for glass blunder

    getzlaf note to self: work on spatial reasoning re glide plane and proximal abutments

    hah ha ha hahahaa ha cough splutter aaaah ha h…

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