That Time John Tavares Speared Marek Zidlicky in the Junk with His Stick (Video)
Islanders captain John Tavares is a finesse player. In his first five NHL seasons, he accumulated just 175 total penalty minutes. By comparison, last year alone Blues captain David Backes had 119.
On Monday night, however, John Tavares decided to get a little nasty. After Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky stood him up in the neutral zone—a play that was not dirty at all—Tavares lost his cool and speared the guy in the junk.
Now, if you’re new to hockey, spearing is exactly what it sounds like—stabbing a dude with the end of your stick blade. And it’s a huge no-no. According to NHL Rule 62, you’re supposed to get a double-minor (four minutes) even when you try to spear a guy and don’t make contact. If you make contact, you get a major penalty (five minutes), and if you make contact and injure the guy you get five minutes and a game misconduct.
So Tavares should have received a five minutes major. But somehow he only got two for “slashing.”
Take a look:
Did you hear the announcer say, “couldn’t tell how hard John was able to give it to him”? Because I did. And I don’t know about you, but that made my day.
Stay classy, John Tavares.