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Stanley Cup Final: No suspension for Boychuk after Toews head shot

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By Allan Muir

Johnny Boychuk is off the hook.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted this morning that Boston’s bruising defender won’t face supplemental discipline for the forearm shiver he delivered to the head of Chicago superstar Jonathan Toews during the second period of last night’s 3-1 Blackhawks win. The league reviewed the play but found no cause for suspension.

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Right or wrong, it’s a decision that will continue the narrative of the NHL’s inconsistent commitment to reducing head trauma and of a differing set of standards for calls made on and off the ice during the playoffs.

Toews sat out the entire third period but joined his teammates for post-game celebrations. He’s listed as having an upper-body injury, but is expected to play in Game 6 Monday night when the Hawks could clinch the Stanley Cup.

  • Published On Jun 23, 2013
  • 11 comments
    Joe52
    Joe52

    Not sure what the heck you guys were looking at. That was a clean hit. Hard hit, but clean. He got Toews square in the shoulder. As Toews went down it looked like his forearm rode up to the back of his helmet but at no time was there an "elbow to the back of the head".  

    amolad
    amolad

    The NHL isn't going to do anything of real value until they have the publicly feeble, aged veterans that the NFL has. It's that simple. They won't take substantive action until the finger wagging starts. Along with the lawsuits.

    Michael Adams
    Michael Adams

    Shocking, Shanny NOT acting when the victim is a Hawk.  Red Wing roots run deep!!!

    Rottie17
    Rottie17

    TFAW....what is your very thought inducing comments "Not a Sport" mean?  If you do not think hockey is a sport, why the hell you ready this?  Go read something on a true sport...chess or bowling!

    Rottie17
    Rottie17

    Not sure how more more blatant of a headshot you want....elbow to the back of the head and neck....its plain to see at regular speed and even worse in slow motion.  Either way, Boston is getting yet another free pass.  How how Charra's elbow to Toews after he hit him clean into the boards....another suspension right there.  The NHL better wake up or their stars are going to go away via the concussion...elbows and cheap shots to the head are not needed in the game...not matter what round we are in...period!

    tfaw
    tfaw

    not a sport.  

    Jmcom111
    Jmcom111

    That was a big hit. But the later "Boarding MINOR penalty where the Boston Bruin player Adam McQuaid, cross-checked Chicago forward Andrew Shaw in the face.WITH his stick. It looked like a two handed upper cut. Lucky for Adam, it was only a bloody nose. I would not be surprised if Chicago doesn't come out and gang attack this player after they see that assault. The league won't do anything since it's the Stanley Cup But it should toss him out as a suspension. EVEN if it costs the final two games play. To the nose? With the stick. He literally could have caused a grave injury. And it is a chicken sh*t act only a coward would do.

    Rottie17
    Rottie17

    If the NHL wants to get rid of head shots, then this punk needs to be suspended...I do not care if it Toews, Shaw, or some rookie we never heard of...that hit should not be allowed, it should have been a penalty on the ice, and then he should have been suspended for at least a game if not the rest of the series.  It was obvious he was going for the head and neck area.  

    Also Charra should be gone as well for his elbow to Toews face when the play was no where near the play.  Yes I know this is hockey, and I have watched it and played since I was a kid, but these are plays are have no business in the game and until the league suspends someone when the team is in the Finals then they will continue to lose players to head injuries

    BosephHeyden
    BosephHeyden

    They won't call a suspension for anything outside of a 100% blatant headshot that causes an injury.  At least not in the playoffs.  Especially if the Bruins have to be without Bergeron.

    scBlais
    scBlais

    Shocking, a Bruins player getting a free pass again.

    tfaw
    tfaw

    @Rottie17 ok genius, start with the definition of "sport":  "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others." 

    There is no "hockey" per se, as this is nothing more than people fighting each other on skates.  And because the league sanctions this activity, what we have is fights and hitting on ice.  No more and no less.  Cave man stuff, but they could fix it by cleaning it all up.  

    I replied to this thread because the article made the main page of SI.