This Was a Dirty Hit?

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | , , , | 4 comments »

Go here and look at it for yourself.

It looks to me like Crosby stopped skating and was looking for the end of the period, not at where he was on the ice.

It looks to me like Steckel is leaning forward skating hard to get back into the play.

It looks to me like Steckel even tried to avoid the collision altogether, as he is left arm is away from his body for balance before the contact is even made.

Yes, Sidney Crosby got hit in the head by David Steckel's shoulder.  That much we can all agree on.  I think neutral observers will agree though that this was incidental contact and not the dirty play that several of the Penguins are insinuating it was.

In fact, if it hadn't involved Crosby, we probably wouldn't be talking about it at all.  These kinds of collisions happen in every NHL game.

Maybe they should look at the replay instead of blindly defending their captain.

I guess D.J. King will get a sweater Feb. 6.


  1. Darla // January 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

    Looked like a clean hit to me. But I'm not exactly an impartial witness!

  2. Victor // January 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

    Even The Pens Blog said it was not a dirty hit.

  3. Dave Nichols // January 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

    @Victor: well, if Pensblog isn't screaming about it, it REALLY must not have been dirty! heh.

  4. Unknown // January 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

    Ok ... you guys are hilarious .. out of all the places on a hockey rink for David Steikel's shoulder to end up .... whoops .. whatta you know !!?? it "accidentally ended up on Sidney Crosby's head" ?? wow ... how about that .. man what a complete "accident" .. I love it when the Caps play like goons .. it could possibly be the only way they win anything ..