Mike Rupp gets match penalty for hit on T.J. Oshie, suspension surely to follow

Rory Boylen
T.J. Oshie

It first looked like Douglas Murray’s hit on Johan Sundstrom was going to be the most controversial of the night, but Mike Rupp went ahead and laid a hit that was clearly much, much worse.

Mid-way through the Blues-Wild game Thursday night, St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie was carrying the puck around the perimeter of Minnesota’s zone when Rupp stepped up and into his head.

This isn’t a question of if there will be a suspension, but for how long it will be. Read more

Montreal’s Douglas Murray ejected in first game back from suspension

Rory Boylen
Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray is known as a hard hitter – a devastating hitter – but he’s never played dirty doing it. Before this month started, Murray had never been suspended before.

That’s quickly changed, though.

Just a week and a half ago, Murray was given a match penalty and ejected from Montreal’s game against Tampa Bay for elbowing Mike Kostka in the head. The NHL subsequently suspended him three games.

Thursday, Murray returned to the lineup fresh off his Shanaban (and perhaps the last Shanaban on record) and just after the midway mark of the game, this happened: Read more

Zac Rinaldo suspended four games for high hit – what was he thinking?

Rory Boylen
Zac Rinaldo

What in the world was Zac Rinaldo thinking?

With a little more than 15 minutes left in the third period of Sunday’s Philadelphia-Buffalo game, and with his Flyers holding a dominating 4-0 lead at the time, Rinaldo decided to launch his shoulder into Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel’s head in open ice. Ruhwedel suffered a concussion on the play.

Rinaldo, who has been suspended once before and fined twice in his NHL career, was ejected with a match penalty on the play and suspended four games on Monday. Read more

Open-and-shut-case: suspend Douglas Murray for hit on Michael Kostka

Matt Larkin
kostka hurt

What a buzzy night for the NHL. We saw Sidney Crosby’s 100th point, a warm, fuzzy game-winning goal by David Clarkson to keep Toronto’s playoff hopes alive, a surprisingly competitive game between the Sabres and Devils…and oh, boy, the Canadiens and Lightning.

The story should be the continuously inspired play of Tampa’s Ryan Callahan and Tyler Johnson, or Carey Price’s spectacular effort in defeat. Unfortunately, hulking Habs blueliner Douglas Murray did this to Bolts defenseman Michael Kosta:

Eek. Hard to defend this one, and I won’t. Murray takes a good look at Kostka, leaves his feet (better angles around the 1:10 mark), and extends his elbow into Kostka’s chin. Murray was assessed a match penalty for the hit and Tampa Bay scored on the ensuing power play to put the game out of reach. Though Kostka spurned the stretcher, got up and left the ice under his own power afterwards, he will undoubtedly receive concussion tests.

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NHL suspends Dmitry Orlov two games for hit from behind on Brayden Schenn

Rory Boylen
Dmitry Orlov

Brendan Shanahan may have one of the most thankless jobs in hockey, but sometimes he has the easiest one as well.

Take, for instance, Dmitry Orlov’s foolish hit on Brayden Schenn Sunday. The Washington defenseman not only leaped into his check, which is bad enough, but he did it to a defenseless player who had his back completely turned on the play.

A suspension for Orlov was the only decision that could have been made on this play. So on Monday, Shanahan and the league handed down a two-gamer to Orlov. Read more

Dustin Brown hit on Ryan Murray: suspension or not?

Rory Boylen
Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown is known for his intensity. He’s one of the most physically active forwards going, remembered everywhere for his viciously clean hits that can borderline on something worse from time to time. But he’s only been suspended once in his career: a two-game ban last April for a hit on Jason Pominville.

For an NHLer on an opposing team, that’s important information to remember.

Thursday night, Brown’s Kings played host to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brown was his usual pesky self. But in the middle of the second period, he levelled Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray up the middle. The 20-year-old left the game, but returned later and ended up with only 12:05 of ice time.

You be the judge: suspension or no suspension? Read more

Two dangerous hits last night by Wilson and Quincey: are suspensions looming?

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

I hope Brendan Shanahan didn’t have any Christmas shopping planned for today because he has some movie-watching to do. Sadly, neither of the flicks are very festive; they’re more of the horror variety.

The first involves Kyle Quincey of Detroit, who cross-checked Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf from behind and into the boards last night.

Getzlaf, who required some medical attention but returned to action, said after the game he takes some responsibility for his positioning on the play, but still believes the play was reckless by Quincey.

Quincey, who has a previous one-game suspension on his record, received five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct for the infraction.

In Philadelphia, meantime, Tom Wilson pulled a Pink Floyd on Flyers center Brayden Schenn, launching himself from the dark side of the moon. Schenn, who immediately staggered to his feet after the hit, only to go down again, left the game with an upper-body injury.

Capitals coach Adam Oates told reporters he thought the hit was clean, but Wilson received a five-minute major for charging, a fighting major for his ensuing punch-up, and a game misconduct.

How much coal do you think Shanahan will distribute over these hits, if any?