Red Wings’ Brad Stuart Sidelined with Broken Jaw: Head Shot Deserves Suspension

January 8th, 2011 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
In what has become an all too familiar scenario for the Red Wings this season, they win a game, only to lose an important player in the process.

On December 22nd, the Wings beat the high-powered Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena, but lost super-star Pavel Datsyuk to a broken hand.

Four days later, Detroit handily beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1, but then lost leading goal-scorer Dan Cleary to a fractured ankle.

On Friday night, the Red Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit against the Flames to force overtime and eventually win their first shootout of the season.

However, halfway through the third period, they saw one of their best defenseman in Brad Stuart felled by a blatant hit to the head, breaking Stuart's jaw.

Calgary Flames forward Tom Kostopoulos, the player that targeted Stuart, was assessed a two-minute penalty for roughing on the play. However, a replay of the hit reveals he is deserving of a much more severe reprimand.

Kostopoulos charged at Stuart with his elbow squarely targeted at the defenseman's head.

The force of the hit spun Stuart to the ice and the severity of his injury was immediately ...

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