Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hartnell hit on Alberts

Hey I love violence in hockey. But I don't like these kinds of incidences where a player is vulnerable on his knees along the boards and someone crunches him. Such is the case in the Bruins/Flyers game last night, as Scott Hartnell smoked Andrew Albert's prone body and especially head into the ledge of the boards at the bottom of the glass.
I'm sure the League is reviewing it and Hartnell will get an Ohlund-type suspension, or maybe a bit less. It's intent to injure, even though Hartnell is denying it.
Another problem here, and I'm sure Don Cherry will be barking about it on Saturday: can something be done about the ledges along the boards? Can we pad them up or eliminate them altogether? I'm surprised this kind of incident doesn't happen more often.
Alberts was apparently fine afterwards, even though he layed on the ice like he was dead. So I'm sure Hartnell, with a clean track record (?) may only get a slap on he wrist.
It's just disturbing that the last time these 2 teams played, Patrice Bergeron was boarded by Randy Jones and may miss the rest of the season, and now this. Stupid goon Flyers hey?
Hartnell should have let up. Check out he clip. It's 1:11 into the highlights.

**UPDATE**
Hartnell has received a 2- game suspension.

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At December 3, 2007 at 12:35 PM , Blogger TB said...

I like the physicality of hockey, but I don't applaud the violence. Nowadays it seems the violence, when it occurs, is ramped up a notch and people are getting seriously hurt. It's sickening and I think something should be done to make it a REALLY BAD career decision to take someone out when they're in a vulnerable position or with clear intent to injure. I was surprised to hear that Albert was OK after the hit after seeing him look like he was dead on the ice. I love hockey, but I am not interested in witnessing debilitating injuries caused with malice.

 

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