Marian Hossa Should Not Be Suspended: Here’s Why

April 24th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
A great deal is being made about Marian Hossa's hit on Nashville's Dan Hamhuis from late in the third period of Sunday's epic Game 5 victory for the Blackhawks. For the hit, Hossa received a five-minute boarding penalty, which encompassed the final 1:03 of regulation and subsequently the first 3:57 of the overtime period.

Many fans (not this one), analysts (Pierre McGuire), and coaches (Barry Trotz) are comparing the Hossa hit to the one Alexander Ovechkin put on Chicago's Brian Campbell in mid-March.

The emphasis from most complaints is that, if Ovechkin was suspended for two games for his hit on Campbell, shouldn't Hossa be suspended for hitting Hamhuis?

There are a number of crucial differences that make the hits of Hossa and Ovechkin overwhelmingly different.

Let's evaluate the evidence.

Intially, it appears that these are two relatively similar hits. In fact, considering at face value that Ovechkin received a game misconduct for his hit on Campbell, it might become easy to question whether or not Hossa was underpenalized.

However, that consideration is not only invalid, but laughable. Let's begin our argum ...

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