Will it ever end? It seems as though every other day in the NHL there is another dirty hit that leaves one player injured, another player facing possible discipline, and the rest of the league and its fans asking “how many more players have to go down before something significant is done to stop this?”
We can now add another fallen player to the list after last night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. With the score tied at 1-1 early in the second period, Blackhawks’ defenseman Brent Seabrook delivered a hard check on Ducks’ forward Corry Perry behind the Chicago goal. The hit sent Perry flying into the boards, and got the attention of the other Duck players, particularly James Wisniewski. So when Seabrook found himself in the corner a few seconds later, Wisniewski’s eyes lit up at the opportunity to exact some revenge on the unsuspecting Blackhawks defender.
Unfortunately, Wisniewski’s vengeful plot was taken with a complete disregard for the rules of the game, and the safety of the players that play it. Seabrook did not have the puck, but that did not stop the Ducks’ defenseman from charging at him and delivering a vicious shot to his head. Seabrook appeared dazed before falling to the ice. He would eventually leave the game and did not return.
So now we will sit and wait to see how the NHL and chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell handle this case, which will undoubtedly be under review. After Matt Cooke was given a free ride following his cheap shot on Marc Savard, it is anyone’s guess as to how they will sort this incident out. All we can hope for is that they will eventually get it right.
And until they do, you can expect us to continue bringing you more NHL cheap shots on a weekly basis.
Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]