Andy Sutton’s Hit on Jordan Leopold: Clean or Cheap?

April 17th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
All it takes is a second-long distraction.

Unfortunately for Jordan Leopold, he made it two and the result was one of the nastiest open-ice collisions of the playoffs thus far.

After receiving a D to D pass from Alex Goligoski, Leopold started a rush to the offensive zone when Nick Foligno attempted to poke the puck away from him. Preoccupied with maintaining possession, Leopold didn't notice a bulldozing Andy Sutton who laid out an explosive hit that sent Leopold to the ice like a limp rag doll .

The boos viciously rained down in Mellon Arena as Leopold lay still on the ice while a scrum ensued at the red line. The sight was a familiar one for the crowd; Sutton was already on the hate train for the Penguins' faithful after his boarding hit on Pascal Dupuis in January led to a two-game suspension .

The boos switched to cheers as Leopold managed to get on his feet and skate to the dressing room on his own power. However, the cheers reverted back to boos when all realized that Sutton was not thrown out of the game for the hit.

The response was a physical onslaught by the Pens who laid out a total of 52 hits on the Senators, ...

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