Sunday, December 21, 2014

Video: Bartkowski Gets Misconduct after Vicious Hit on Gionta

Boston's Matt Bartkowski was given a 5-minute major for interference after leveling Sabres' forward Brian Gionta at the TD Garden on Sunday. Gionta was looking for a breakout pass, but when the pass didn't connect he got something nastier from Bartkowski a moment later, as Bartkowski hits him up high and causes him to pinwheel and land on his head/neck area when he hits the ice.

After the hit, Gionta's teammate Marcus Foligno stepped in to trade blows with Bartkowski. Foligno was given five for fighting, two for instigating and a ten-minute misconduct. Gionta left the ice immediately after the play under his own power, but will not return:
Check out a GIF of the play below: