Re: Will January 7th be a blood bath?
posted at 8/24/2011 3:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Will January 7th be a blood bath?
[QUOTE]49, you've made some good points here, but you're way off on this. The hit was late, very late. I don't care what digit the clock was on. You can't line a guy up that long after he passed the puck and cream him. Watch the replay -- it is really late. Whether this board is biased or not (it is), doesn't really matter in this discussion. Rome made a reckless charge at a vulnerable player and targeted his head. It is what it is. Paille did the same thing against Dallas this year and most everyone here endorse his suspension. In this case, maybe Bruins fans would defend it if the teams were reversed, but they would be wrong. The bit about keeping his head up is really a BS claim too. Several players have come out publicly to point this out, most recently Keith Primeau. When entering the offensive and making a pass across the blue line, you HAVE TO watch when the puck as it crosses the blue line so as not to be offsides. This happens on every rush. Players should keep their heads up when they are carrying the puck or receiving a pass, not when they are skating away from the play timing a rush into the zone. Nobody expects to get hit that late, and no decent player can constantly scan for hits instead of playing the game. The Bruins delivered some dirty hits throughout the course of the season (Marchand, Paille, Ference, etc.). Boychuk's hit on Raymond, while very unfortunate, was not one of them.
Posted by Fletcher1[/QUOTE]
I stated quite clearly in my post, that Boychuk's hit wasn't malicious, but it nonetheless resulted in a fractured vertebra for Raymond. So, it's quite clear that Boychuk did not intend to injure Raymond.
While not as crystal clear, I would also conclude, based on Rome's past history, that he did not intend to injure Horton.
And regardless of what anyone says, the clock does not lie. The hit was not "2-3 seconds late". If the league deems that as a late hit, so be it, but it was not "ridiculously late".
I'm not asking anyone to agree with me -- I'm simply stating my opinion.