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Video: Hartnell delivers high hit to Hedman

Jan 11, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell may be hearing from the league office soon.

Hartnell was given a minor penalty for an illegal head check against Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman during the third period of the Lightning’s 6-3 win in Philadelphia. Check out the video here courtesy of

Hedman left the ice on his own rather angrily after the hit and did not play the final few minutes. It seems he’s doing all right for now.

Sami Salo‘s injury was mentioned before. If he’s on crutches, that’s not a great sign.

  1. killerpgh - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Very questionable hit. Hard to really tell from this video, but watching the actual game they showed better angles. If Hartnell would have maintained his same level approaching the hit I wouldn’t think it would need any supplemental discipline. However his shoulder drives upward through the hit. Hard to say what Shanny & Company will decided, but would guess he get a phone hearing.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Simplest way to look at this hit is whether or not Hartnell hits squarely through the body and hits the head incidentally, or if he misses the center of the body and contacts the head more as the principle point. Since Hedman’s right should isn’t contacted at all and his chest very little, this is similar to all the other hits that received suspensions for not hitting squarely through the body and should be suspended too.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Is this a questionable hit? From the angle they show, very questionable, because the angle! Very hard to tell from this video. As of now I do not see much wrong with the hit. Does he make contact with the head, possibly. Was it a head hunt, Intent to injure or retaliation? I do not think so.

    If they wanted to give him any punishment, I would say 1 game based on what I see here. If they did not give him a game, I can see why as well. It is all up in the air and with the way punishment has been handed out the past 2 years, It is really hard to determine what is warrants a suspension and what does not.

    • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      How can you call this intent to injure when clearly a punch to the head during a fight is much more intent this hockey play?

  3. statsdolie - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Hard to say based on angle. If I take a shot in the dark I’d be surprised at a suspension but with shanny who knows

  4. gmenfan1982 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Based upon that angle I don’t even agree with that being a 2 minute minor. Shoulder to shoulder/chest

    • elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Shoulder to shoulder doesn’t mean hitting the guy’s back shoulder (the one furthest away from the contact). For Hartnell to have hit him squarely through the body when coming from the side he would have had to contact Hedman’s right shoulder. Instead he actually misses that shoulder and comes across in front of Hedman and contacts the head, some of the chest and the left rear shoulder, which has been suspended pretty much every time I’ve seen it this year.

  5. lightning69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    There were much better views of this during the game from the Lightning feed. There will probably be at least a phone call.

    It makes it worse because these high blindside hits are exactly the kind of hits the NHL says it doesn’t want it.

    It was also in the last 4 min after a couple of other questionable non calls that happened just before this. Mezaros with a very hard slash on Johnson’s hand and Schenn hitting high on Brown late trying to make a change.

    But if Hedman isn’t seriously hurt, then nothing. Which makes no sense for any fan. NHL needs to call penalties as they are written, not by the severity of the injury after the penalty was committed.

  6. whiskytango333 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Didnt see anything in that. Nice open ice hit by Fartsmell.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Can’t believe there are so many fans acting as if Hartnell was clearly in the the wrong… it wasn’t charging, he didn’t leave his feet, and it was shoulder to shoulder contact. Let’s not forget that Hedman is 6 foot 6 and was leaning over putting his own head at Hartnell’s chest level. Frankly I didn’t even see a penalty, and the refs called it clearly “targeting a players head”… which it wasn’t. Keep your head up when going across the middle young man, Scott Stevens would’ve decapitated him. Give him a fine, maybe, but a suspension would be totally uncalled for.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Shoulder to shoulder contact? Which shoulder does he hit?

  8. President Charles Logan - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    you sneeze wrong these days and there’s a hearing or a video conference or some sort of discipline … it’s embarrassing how soft and sensitive the hockey world has downgraded itself to

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I’m not going to judge if the hit was clean or not because it was a terrible video and a terrible angle.

  10. penguins87and71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I’m not going to judge if the hit was clean or not because it was a terrible video and a terrible angle.

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