Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Jannik Hansen Sucker Punches Marian Hossa
The Vancouver Canucks, time and time again, continue to prove that they are an embarrassment to the sport of hockey. Biting fingers, sending five players to fight one opponent, or now, punching people in the back of the head.
You can't really say that they play dirty, because they're not tough enough to get that adjective. They play like cowards, taking cheap shots at opportune times for them when there is the smallest chance of retaliation. The latest incident comes from Canucks winger Jannik Hansen. In a game against the Blackhawks, Hawks captain Jonathan Toews played the puck into the neutral zone to teammate and winger Marian Hossa. As the puck came in, and while his back was turned, Hansen delivered a pretty brutal forearm shiver into the back of Hossa's head.
Clearly intentional, clearly dirty. Hossa luckily got up, but had to be helped off the ice by Hawks trainers. Hansen faces a hearing at 3:30pm on Wednesday with NHL's head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
Now, anybody with half a brain could tell that hit was dirty, and that something like that doesn't belong in the game of hockey. But if you're a Vancouver fan...