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    NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    For this hit:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaFlbD2QbA8]YouTube - Niklas hjalmarsson hit on pominville[/ame]

    I'm up in the air about this one. Looks like a miscalculation, but no malice in my opinion.

    Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson suspended two games

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    TORONTO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $37,634.40 in salary for delivering a hit from behind that caused injury to Jason Pominville of the Buffalo Sabres in NHL game #30, October 11, the National Hockey League announced today.

    Hjalmarsson's fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

    The incident occurred at 14:18 of the first period and Hjalmarsson was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. The incident can be viewed here.

    Hjalmarsson will miss games against Nashville tonight and at Columbus Friday. He is eligible to return Saturday against Buffalo.



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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    Seemed pretty legit to me.



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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    Either you are allowed to hit or you aren't. If this is a problem you need to make all 'blind' checks illegal, which would be a nightmare I assume.

    I'd suspend the guy just because I can't begin to figure out how to pronounce his name.


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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    It's more like a 3 game suspension since he got kicked out of the game early in the first period.



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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    A game misconduct penalty usually means that if you get one, you are suspended for the next game automatically.

    And the main point with the other game suspension is that Pominville had his back to the hit & wasn't able to protect himself. Most players if they see the check coming can protect themselves, Pominville couldn't.



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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Either you are allowed to hit or you aren't. If this is a problem you need to make all 'blind' checks illegal, which would be a nightmare I assume.

    I'd suspend the guy just because I can't begin to figure out how to pronounce his name.
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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    That's borderline, and I don't think intentional. If the league deems it suspension worthy I have no problem with them protecting the players.

    However, I am surprised by two things. First, that he didn't see him coming you gotta keep your head on a swivel out there. Second that Hjalmarsson actually hit someone. I watch a lot of Blackhawks games, and have never seen him hit anyone. It's mostly pokey pokey with his stick.

    I hope Pominville recovers fully.


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    Re: NHL: Hjalmarsson suspended 2 games for concussion causing hit

    It probably deserved the game misconduct, the additional suspension probably not, but even if Pominville had the puck it would've been boarding.

    On another note has Turco been benched? I see Crawford's starting again tonight, and I know Marty had a pretty poor game against the Avs but it is a little surprising to see them go with Crawford twice in a row after signing Turco in the off season.



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