Flames’ Dennis Wideman Drilled a Referee From Behind (Video)

Dennis Wideman hits referee

An unusual incident unfolded during the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Nashville Predators and the Calgary Flames, as Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman appeared to cross-check a referee in the back while gingerly making his way to the Calgary bench.

The play took place just a few seconds after Wideman was drilled into the boards by Preds forward Miikka Salomaki.  Was Wideman upset at the officials because there was no call on the Salomaki hit? Was he just woozy and didn’t see the referee until the last second?

He’ll likely have some answering to do, as we certainly expect the league to look into this. Here’s what they’ll be looking at:

It’s hard to believe that Wideman would intentionally level a ref like that.  He seemed to suggest that much while speaking with the media after the game:

Will the NHL see it the same way? Or will a suspension be handed down?

I’d hate to be the person responsible for determining whether or not there was any intent on Wideman’s behalf.

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