David Steckel Hit On Sidney Crosby: No Punishment for Winter Classic Hit

January 5th, 2011 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Despite cries from Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates, the Washington Post is reporting that the NHL has ruled that they will not discipline the Washington Capitals' David Steckel for his hit on Crosby during Saturday’s Winter Classic.

If you did not see the play, it occurred near the end of the second period. Crosby had his head turned up ice as the play moved in that direction when Steckel, who appeared to be following the puck, slammed into Crosby. Steckel’s shoulder hit Crosby in the head and the Penguins’ star crumbled to the ice.

The CBC announcers commented on the play, “It didn’t look like Steckel was really looking at him, but there’s your description of a blindside. He’s [Steckel] trying to go up ice, I don’t think that’s something that was premeditated, but definitely shoulder on his head.”

“I can’t really comment on it,” Crosby said in the postgame press conference. “Maybe the refs didn't even see it. A lot of people didn't, but I don't know. Got in my head, that's for sure, but I don't even know how it developed."

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