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Video: Hanzal injures three Canucks’ players in third period

Jan 17, 2014, 1:18 AM EDT

Martin Hanzal‘s stick work left a trio of Vancouver Canucks’ players in pain and injured in the third period of Thursday’s game.

The struggling Canucks lost 1-0, but had three players – Mike Santorelli, Henrik Sedin and finally David Booth – hurting after three separate incidents. According to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, Santorelli was seen afterward with his right arm in a sling.

Hanzal received a double-minor for high sticking when he caught Booth with a cross check up high in the face late in the third period. Booth was sent to the ice and was shaken up on the play.

Could Hanzal now face the league’s Department of Player Safety and possible supplemental discipline? There was the suggestion that he could.

This YouTube video is courtesy @TheStanchion

  1. skr213 - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    That’s called a taste of their own recent medicine, right there.

  2. greej1938l - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Hahaha there’s a mr shannahan on line one

  3. shortsxit34 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    Nobody would be giving one of these incidents a second thought on its own. Put all three of them together–I don’t know, I don’t think the league has too many options. If they wanted to “throw the book” at him, they could probably fine him for each incident.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      You know I have never been a proponent of vigilante justice on the ice.

      I don’t think it works. Look at the Bruins, maybe the toughest team in the league but guys like Nathan Horton and Loui Eriksson still got creamed on a regular basis.

      All that being said, watching a guy like Hanzal running around injuring guys with his stick, and like you said the league has little recourse by the book (and certainly aren’t going to go outside the rules to protect a player), there isn’t much left is there?

      Who is going to make it clear to a guy like Hanzal who regularly plays over the line that it’s got to stop?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      For the Sedin and Santorelli plays, I agree. For the cross check to the head of Booth? That warrants a second and third thought. Even if accidental, you have to be in control of your stick – especially as a taller player.

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Where was Sesito to save the day? Who stuck up for his teammates on this day?

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Good question. Since you know neither the refs, the department of player safety, et al aren’t going to do it.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Well, considering we’d had the same ref for the previous two games, and one from last game carried over to this one, I’m not sure Sestito could have risked a third game of someone turtling and him getting 7 more penalty minutes plus potentially a misconduct.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        I guess that’s why Sestito got three shifts last night. Seemed odd for Tortorella to bench him after the last couple games of standing up for his teammates.

      • davebabychreturns - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Probably has more to do with the fact that the team needs to start worrying more about points than punches.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        That doesn’t explain Daniel’s icetime.

  5. kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Hanzel was going bananas with his cross checks. What the hell was going on with him? Is he known to be a dirty player or just get some bad news yesterday?

    • jjregan21 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      He can use his stick a little more in the grind than necessary, but I wouldn’t call him a dirty player. That last play was not characteristic of him

      • davebabychreturns - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        He was suspended earlier this year and has his fair share of questionable decisions on the ice.

    • georgemuresanwasmygiant - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      He’s a big dude. A lot of times when he makes hits, it looks worse than it really is because of the size difference. But these were some mean cross checks.

  6. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Soft Canucks

  7. sjsharks66 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    First 2 are just 2 minute penalties. The last one would be another but you can see the stick ride up his arm and catch him up high. A fine for the last incident. The other 2 were just missed penalties.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      I probably wouldn’t even give a penalty on the one off the faceoff. The crosscheck on Henrik behind the net though was worthy of 2 though.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Call the Canucks whiners all you want, but they ended up killing a penalty out of the first two plays. I don’t know how the refs missed those both.

      Finally found out why Booth is worth $4.5m – he drew two minors when the refs probably missed that infraction as well. I’m guessing Booth will be out until after the Olympic break. He is lazy, and if you watch an interview, you just want to punch him in the face. Gillis should have been able to talk to him for 15 minutes and figure out he is not a team player.

  8. valoisvipers - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Mess with the Bull and you get the horns. Karma going round and round.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Breakfast Club, are you 85 years old and peeing yourself?

  9. Wineshard - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Hanzal suspended twice before. Posted child for why the instigator should be removed.

    Hats off to Henrik for not biatching to the refs for the stick to the ribs, went to the box and didn’t flop on the ice like a Hollywood King. Went to the dressing room AFTER serving his penalty. Say what you want about the Sedins, but they take a lot of crap like this day-in and day-out and rarely say a word or complain about it.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Absolutely, you don’t get an ironman streak like his without playing through some pain and being tough. ‘Sisters’ has been their biggest misnomer, unless people have a lot of really tough sisters.

  10. jmo711 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Cryin shame

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