Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vids: Nazem Kadri Goes Headhunting Twice against Wild

At TSP we are always siding with the goalies whenever they get run by crease-crashing forwards. Why? Because goalies wear 25 pounds of mobility-limiting equipment and a vision-limiting helmet, and the rules explicitly state that players are required to avoid collisions with them at all costs. They are for all intents and purposes defenseless and they need to be protected.

That's why we give two thumbs down to the nasty goonery of Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri who glides through the goal crease and throws a forearm shiver into a Wild golie Niklas Backstrom, when Backstrom isn't even looking at him.

Why is Kadri, a skill player, acting like he's Tie Domi? Your guess is as good as ours.

Kadri got a two-minute minor for the play, and Backstrom left the game with an "upper body" injury two minutes later.

Kadri must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed on Wednesday (or had a pep talk from Domi), because he was given a match penalty for this hit on Mikael Granlund.

Granlund stayed in the game, while Kadri was booed mercilessly as he was ushered off the ice. The 23-year-old will likely be suspended for the second hit, but will the league add to his punishment for the cheap shot on Backstrom?

It actually looks like Kadri had the best intentions on the second hit on Granlund. He didn't seem to want to go for the head, but with Granlund hunching down over the puck it was hard for Kadri to get anything else. You can't fault him for wanting to play some hard-nosed hockey, but Kadri might want to rethink his targets a bit. He went after two virtually two defenseless players tonight, and the league doesn't take kindly to that sort of thing.

The Wild won the game 2-1 in a shootout, thanks to Zach Parise's late equalizer and game winner in the skills competition.