herb wrote:Oh, anybody else think Nielsen's elbow to Kesler's head was the definition of a "blindside hit to the head"?
I need to see it again.
I watched the Isles feed with the sound off and didn't catch all of the game but I did see that hit.
My first take is that it looks an awful lot like so many of those hits everyone is up in arms about - player making a play for the puck, opposing player cuts into his path and gets a piece of his face/head.
It obviously was not a high speed collision and there were some other weird factors (I didn't think Kesler got "elbowed" but it did look like he was tripped up from behind) and on the Isles feed they slowed it down so much that it barely looked like a collision at all on the replay.
I guess my biggest takeaway is that I never have any inclination of what's going to be a penalty or why anymore. So good job NHL, I guess..