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Pens’ Bortuzzo ejected for hit on Flames’ Giordano

Jan 12, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

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Rugged Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Roberto Bortuzzo received a match penalty for his hit on Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during Saturday’s eventual 2-1 Pens win.

Here’s a somewhat decent video of the hit:

Bortuzzo, 24, hasn’t been suspended during his NHL career, but he just played in his 50th game (spread out through three seasons) tonight.

It will probably help his cause that Giordano, 30, was able to return to the game. That doesn’t mean that an injury is out of the question anyway, however. If he’s OK, Team Canada may also breathe a sigh of relief, as he could serve as a steady Plan B (or C) if one of their selected defensemen get injured.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley passed on griping about the hit to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

“It happened so quick,” Hartley said. “The league is looking at everything. I have much more important things to watch right now.”

  1. claudegirwho - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    He really milked that one to get the 5 then was out for the next shift. It was a clean hard hit his elbow came up trying to launch him but didn’t touch his head.

    • sabatimus - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      My butt is cleaner than that.

      • claudegirwho - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        His head comes forward when he’s hit

    • rrsm53 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      just like the Orpik hit on Erickson was nice and clean also right you troll. Your Pens S***, bunch of cheap shot pu****s.

      How did your boy Engelland do in his fight. LMAO one punch TKO. boom!!!!!!

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    it looks like giordano sees bortuzzo in the instant before contact and pulls-up…changing the target and causing bortuzzo to lift through contact becoming airborne

    no elbow but shoulder to head rattled girodano’s cage…he looks fine on after hours

    i can’t see any fault in bortuzzo’s hit…choice of sweater is a violation of good fashion sense however…wait wait…oh…

    it looks like shanahan’s on the line


    • claudegirwho - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      It was shoulder to shoulder and he is fine. That was soccer style flopping there. Btw your therapist is on the other line wondering why you stopped taking your meds.

      • sabatimus - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        Giordano embellished, but that was definitely not a shoulder hit.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    I would talk about this…but who ever was the cameraman for the Dan Potash & Tanner Glass interview might be getting an earful.

    • chanceoffleury - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      That was just further evidence to the horrible setup the NHL has going for post game media fluff. I love the candidness of the interviews right after the game, but they should have designated areas set up or something. Right in front of the players dressing room is probably not the greatest area for a post game interview. Haha, poor Sutter! 😦

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        Agreed and I kept wondering why Root Sports was showing clips of Calgary during the interview and it wasn’t until I put two and two together and then realized it. Common sense would’ve told Letang to keep the door shut but instead we get one of the biggest bloopers in Pittsburgh Sports History. Had this been James Neal…I’m pretty sure all of the girls in my age range (18-24) probably would’ve all lost it.

      • penguins87and71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        I’m glad I didn’t stay up for the post game show.

  4. 19to77 - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Gio probably milked that a bit, but it was a high hit all the same. In terms of League discipline, this is a fine maybe, but probably not a suspension.

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    how can anyone embellish a hit when they get drilled…?

    what, the helmet strap disengaging and the helmet going airborne was conceived in the two thousandths of a second giordano had to contrive a flop

    bedtime kiddies…

    shoo shoooo

    • penguins87and71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      It was a shoulder to shoulder hit. Girodano embellished it a bit he also probably got the wind knocked out of him. If it was a hit to the head then why did Giordano come back so quickly to the game? Bortuzzo is a player that plays on the edge of dirty and clean, but he never crosses the line.

  6. bencia823 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    As a Penguins fan, I’d be cool with Botuzzo being suspended, since it would make room for Despres. With that being said, the contact was to the shoulder, and was not a dirty hit.

  7. rushledger - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Hey when your team can’t score, trying to get them a five minute Powerplay might be desperate but you gotta do what you gotta do, let this one go shanahan, not suspendable.

  8. theskinsman - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Mario was on the phone to Shanahan telling him how he was going to handle this.

  9. blackandorangeforlife - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Interesting it only says “Match Penalty” in the box scores…Does not say what the infraction was and its hard to tell if his feet left the ice before contact. But he did launch into the hit. Even at that it was shoulder to shoulder contact. A phone call possibly but cant see anything coming from it!

  10. zico25 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Bortuzzo has a serious height advantage. He leaned down to make sure it was shoulder to shoulder. Looks way worse than it actually was, and if there is a suspension for this then they might as well stop hitting in the game of hockey altogether. The only questionable thing about this was the fact his arm came flying out from his body, but that was after the hit occurred, not prior to. He led with shoulder and hit shoulder.

    • handsofsweed - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      It’s a good thing his elbow missed by a mile, or else Giordano is seriously hurt and Bortuzzo is seriously suspended.

  11. csilojohnson - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Gio leaned forward to touch puck as Burt hit him. Unfortunate not dirty.
    I think the embellishment came after hit. If not he shouldve been taken to quite room.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    It didn’t look very clean, but it wasn’t dirty.

    • killerpgh - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I would agree with this. As much as it don’t really make sense. It describes this hit perfectly.

  13. theskinsman - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Come on, he plays for the pens. No chance of any discipline from Shanahan.

    • handsofsweed - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      It’s almost like you’re too stupid to count past zero, because if you could, you’d be able to actually define the multiple, rightfully-earned Penguin suspensions this season.

      • theskinsman - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        And if you had more than one working brain cell, you’d be able to recite the number of pens transgressions that went unpunished.

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