Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshiv
One of the hits was from David Steckel(who played for Washington at the time). I can't recall if his hit was dirty or not. I also cannot remember who the other player was that hit Crosby, and who was the one who hit Crosby first.
I think the steckel hit was the first one, then he was hit by the big young hedman on tamba bay, actually
none of the hits looked really awful, but it seems the combination of the two did the damage.
first one in the winter classic kind of fuzzy in my memory, maybe someone hit me. lol
there is mixed opinions if steckel's hit was intentional or not, only steckel
actually knows because it is a type of hit that could be accidental or intentional.
my husband thinks he knew exactly what he was doing, but pretended he didn't,
Quote: Originally Posted by Praxius
That's what I'm thinking.... I've been a pens fan since the Mario/Jager days, and when there's a player who's great with the puck and seems to get it in the net more than most, they're a threat to the other teams and it won't be long before someone comes along to smash their face into a wall to take them out for a while..... which is a shame.
They can't out perform them, so they'll try and take them out of the game for a while..... and age old tactic.
these players, (in this day of hockey) want to continue playing, and if they actually go around
with intentional viciousness in mind, their own careers will end, that is the facts 'now', years
ago, the goons, which are few and far between now, were on most teams, and the instigator rule was
not invented yet, and there were many players who couldn't play or skate that well, but had a job to do,
by fighting and protecting stars, so all the stars had their body guards, can't do that any more, and shanahan is
The players want to play not lose their jobs. The age old tactic is worn out, doesn't mean hits won't
happen, but I don't believe players hunt out good players to injure.
The last one was cooke on savard, no penalty, (rule change because of that hit), then he did the big
elbow, big suspension, rest of the season, he missed all of the playoffs, he is a different player now,
keeping his nose clean, or next time he will be finished for a whole season, or maybe his career.
He wasn't hunting out savard, he just did a stupid violent hit on whatever player
happened to be in that vulnerable position at that moment, he has paid for that
hit many times, has been beat up in games by players who find him disgusting and
gutless, but savard paid the biggest price, his career is finished.
The problems in the game right now, is the speed and size of the players, and stuff will happen because
of that, but it is just the way it is, a fast dangerous game, they choose to play because they love it,
so they will take the risk, just like many take risks in many sports and activities in life.