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Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 9:29 pm
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By: Adam Gretz

With the Islanders leading, 3-2, midway through the secod period one of their top defenseman, Travis Hamonic, was assessed a five-minute major for elbowing as well as a game misconduct for a hit on Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. The call resulted in a two-man advantage for the Penguins that included the game-tying goal from James Neal, his second goal of the game.

After watching the replay, it's difficult to see why Hamonic was penalized, let alone ejected.

You can check out the play by clicking right here.

Orpik did leave the ice and head to the locker room, later returning with a noticable cut on the top part of his nose. But based on that look it appears to be the result of his own stick hitting him in the face rather than Hamonic's Elbow, which doesn't appear to make any contact with Orpik's head.

Bad call that shouldn't result in any additional punishment (or even a look) from the NHL.

Pittsburgh went on to win the game, 6-3.

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Comments

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

its just more of the same....the league and da refs do not respect the Islanders.....last week's game at Dallas is another example....Fistric leaves his feet and knocks out Niederreiter and no penalty is called for the play....the ensuing scrum with Matt Martin earned Fistric a 2 min roughing pen in the boxscore but not for the hit.....oh and of course this game involved the Penguins...thats Bettmans favorite....and the ensuing major changed the whole game around and the Pens cruised 6-3...its funny how da media never mentions it in da recaps...we are to believe its just another ho-hum win ova the Islanders...



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

The replay doesn't even show Hamonic's elbow hitting him in the face, so why is it 2 games?
if the league does what they did on the bogus headshot and GMC given to Letang last year applies here, no fine/susspension and the GMC will be removed from hamonic's record, at it should.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

All the unintelligents have to bring up Crosby.  Friggin idiot.



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

The Pens appear to be their own worst enemy.   First Talbott takes out the ever tough Crosby, then Orpik hits himself in the face with his own stick.  They don't seem to be able to get out of their own way.  The replay doesn't even show Hamonic's elbow hitting him in the face, so why is it 2 games?  Seems like the league is going out of its way to protect the Pens so their poster child can get another Cup before one of his own players ends his career.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

I agree he wasn't faking.  He had a nice little cut on his face after that.  Problem is it was his own stick that did it lol.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:17 am
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

faking?  there was no faking there, you need glasses...




and you probably believe that steckle went after crosby




Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:52 am
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

Typical call in favor of Bettman's Golden Children. Orpik effectively got hit with his own stick. Given the speed of the play I could've forgiven the refs if they gave Hamonic 2 minutes, but 5 and a game is just awful.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:11 am
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

Brooks Orpik should be suspended one game too for faking an injury
faking?  there was no faking there, you need glasses...

what you monday morning QBs and refs need to realize refs need to make calls based on split second observations.  when the play happened, they saw the islander player come and hit Brooks with an elbow and made the incorrect assumption that it was the elbow that hit him in the head and caused the injury.  was it a bad call for the ejection?  yes.  did it deserve 5?  no, it should have been 2.  but unfortunately, those calls happen to ALL teams.  last year, Letang got tossed for a supposive hit to the head, but when the league looked at it the next day, they determined it wasn't and removed the misconduct from his record.  that will probably happen here too.  but enough of the "league wanting Crosby to win" BS.  the Pens get jobbed on calls a ton too.



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:54 am
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

wow thats a major!!! it should not have even been a minor!!! i am a hugh hockey fan. that loves the game. but it seems that the penguins are always getting these calls. orpik should be embarrased for the way he reacted!!! and crosby who is the best player in the league is such a cry baby it makes me sick!!! 



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:55 am
 

Travis Hamonic was ejected for this play

Here's what needs to change. If a referee is going to call a major penalty other than a fighting major. It should be replayed. Especially if an ejection is in order. Brooks Orpik should be suspended one game too for faking an injury. It was obvious that nothing even came close to his head. In fact, it looked to me Orpik's stick almost hit Hamonic in the head. Is that intent to injure? NHL refs suck with a capital SUCK. My son and I watch hockey often and see a lot of bogus calls. They don't know what a holding or hooking call is. Gary Bettman is the reason this game has gotten soft. He wants speed and scoring. The fans want it all. The sooner we get a real hockey guy in charge maybe it will get back to the real deal. 


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