And the clown show that is NHL Player Safety continues.
Two identical hits, one ruled a head shot, one not. One player with a history, one with none. Same penalties. Though reports are now that Dale Weise did indeed suffer a concussion on the John Moore hit in Game 5.
Since Brandon Prust’s hit, which broke Derek Stepan’s jaw in Game 3, was deemed late and was identical, there’s no way Moore should get the same penalty.
The NHL has no interest in eliminating head shots. None. And feel free to laugh every single time they say otherwise.
Also, Derek Dorsett (alleged head butt) and Rene Bourque (who received a game misconduct and major penalty at the final buzzer, for a high cross check to Dorsett) were absolved without hearings.
So three suspensions so far.
From the NHL:
RANGERS MOORE SUSPENDED TWO GAMES
FOR ILLEGAL CHECK TO THE HEAD
NEW YORK (May 28, 2014)— New York Rangers defenseman John Moore has
been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Montreal
Canadiens forward Dale Weise during Game Five of the teams’ Eastern
Conference Final series in Montreal on Tuesday, May 27, the National Hockey
League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 10:41 of the third period. A match penalty
for illegal check to the head was assessed to Moore.
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