Sunday, October 25, 2009

There have been some nasty hits in the NHL this week

Florida's David Booth was looking back as he was making a drop pass when he gets hit by the Flyers' Mike Richards knocking him out cold. Richards was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. The league may be looking at a suspension.

Then there was Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu who was suspended by the NHL for three games after his hit from behind on Colorado's Darcy Tucker.

Anaheim forward Evgeni Artyukhin took out Dallas defenseman Matt Niskanen with a slew-foot. While the on-ice officials didn't notice the play, the NHL did. Artyukhin was suspended three games for the hit.

Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell came out of the penalty box and found himself in a position to catch Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews with his head down, and used that opportunity to deliver a crushing (and what appears to be a clean) open-ice hit.

Finally, Alex Ovechkin shows another part of his dirty side, slew-footing Rich Peverley. He got fined for the play, but in my opinion, he should have gotten a suspension. It was quite a week for hits.