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Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:57 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

It didn't take the Winnipeg Jets long to find themselves a true rival in their new home.

The Jets and Minnesota Wild made acquaintance on Tuesday in Winnipeg and in addition to the Jets ending the Wild's seven-game win streak, but Zach Bogosian introduced the bad blood into the soon-to-be rivalry. Literally.

With just over a minute to go and the Jets clinging to a 2-1 lead, Pierre-Marc Bouchard was handling the puck behind the Jets net when Bogosian came in to make a play. Bouchard did an about face and then his face met the glass. The result was a bloodied Bouchard, a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for Bogosian.

This hit will obviously be scrutinized by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL, but this one will be debatable. This is a situation that I think many people will question whether or not Bouchard put himself into position for the bad hit, turning his back to the defender just before contact. It was a rough spot for Bogosian.

But still, the impetus is on him in that situation not to shove Bouchard into the boards while in a vulnerable position.

It's important to note that Bouchard has suffered from a concussion before, so that will be something worth watching for after this hit.

In the end, I think there might be a little extra pressure on Shanahan to lay down some extra punishment on Bogosian because of the result, a bloodied and obviously injured Bouchard, especially if he was concussed again.

The two teams already have geography working in their favor for a natural rivalry, but games like this add some real ferocity as well. Next season when they become conference/division foes, it will only be more intense.

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Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

wrote:

I think you misunderstood. I wasn't trying to say that because Bouchard has a history, that should be considered, I'm saying because he has a history he has a greater susceptibility to a concussion. If he was concussed from this hit, THAT will be a factor. Shanahan has said in every video that he considers if/how badly a player was injured as a result of the hit.
It doesn't matter whether he has a greater susceptibility to concussions or not.  Or at least, it shouldn't matter.  If that was truly the case, will Shanahan be reviewing disciplinary cases where hit players are of vastly different heights/weights ?  Or adding suspensions to slashing calls if the hit player has had a broken hand in the past? 

The NHL needs to get away from all of these "mitigating factors" that it brings into these reviews.  A dangerous hit is a dangerous hit- it doesn't matter if Bouchard had a concussion before, if he has one now, or if he had just gotten up and dusted himself off.

My point was simply if he did suffer a concussion from this, it won't help Bogosian's case.
True enough.  Thanks for responding.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

I'm fine with the league changing the way things work, but this is just getting sad.  5 years ago Bouchard would have never made that move.  No one would have.  The players would of been as flush to the boards as they could get so they wouldn't get hurt.

At what point do we start holding players responsible for putting themselves into bad situations again?



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:24 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

Mr. Famous

I think you misunderstood. I wasn't trying to say that because Bouchard has a history, that should be considered, I'm saying because he has a history he has a greater susceptibility to a concussion. If he was concussed from this hit, THAT will be a factor. Shanahan has said in every video that he considers if/how badly a player was injured as a result of the hit.

My point was simply if he did suffer a concussion from this, it won't help Bogosian's case.



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:38 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

I agree, players receiving most of these hits are turning into them, it's as much a responsability to the player with the puck to keep himself out of a vulnerable position, if a defensmen is going to try and push you off the puck don't turn into the boards be a man and fight them off, you never saw Forsberg turtle from a check.



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:36 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

I think you need to watch it again. He was making a play to get away from the goon and wasn't turning in to a hit. These are the types of hits you are coached from a young age to avoid. Too bad for the Wild player this player didn't learn.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:47 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

wrote:

It's important to note that Bouchard has suffered from a concussion before, so that will be something worth watching for after this hit.

In the end, I think there might be a little extra pressure on Shanahan to lay down some extra punishment on Bogosian because of the result, a bloodied and obviously injured Bouchard, especially if he was concussed again.

Sorry, no.  If the injury history of the person being hit is taken into consideration during the disciplinary review, it's yet another complicating variable in a sea of already nebulous factors that the NHL and Brendan Shanahan use to impose supplemental discipline. 

It's immaterial whether Pierre-Marc Bouchard has had concussions before; it shouldn't influence how other players treat him.  Either he's medically cleared to play, or he isn't.  It'd be like asking Chris Kunitz to dance on eggshells around suddenly-frail-as-a-kitten Sidney Crosby, for fear of re-aggravating his post-concussion symptoms.





Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:43 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

I think this is the situation where he turns into the hit. watch the video he almost fakes going one direction and then turns. Bogosian lifted the stick and followed through with the body but Bouchard turns into it making it a bad hit. 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:04 am
 

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

If Bogosian had one hand with the stick near the ice and only hit him with the other hand, I don't think anything would have happened to him.   With both hands on the stick and a strong follow through up high while displaying no interest in the puck, I think Bogosian is going to get a pair.   Nobody in WPG has enough clout with Shanahan to prevent a suspension imo.


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