It takes a man to drop the gloves and go toe to toe with an opponent in a hockey fight. It takes a coward to charge a defenseless player from the blue line to the goal line, leave your feet, and deliver a blow to the head.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski did the latter.
One game after Alex Ovechkin injured Brian Campbell with a cheap shot board, Wisniewski charged a defenseless Brent Seabrook, and knocked him out on his skates. Seabrook wouldn't return.
It was a dirty hit by an overrated, cowardly defenseman. Maybe now Chicago fans can stop treating him like James Rowand DeRosa Reed Wisniewski. He's just a punk.
Head shots have been a league wide issue this season. So much so that TODAY the NHL considered implementing IMMEDIATE rule changes.
Despite being only handed a 2:00 charging call, Wisniewski will SURELY be suspended for the hit, which could cost the already wounded Hawks another top tier defenseman.
Later in the game, Brent Sopel would get cross checked to the ice trying to clear a puck. Again refs Paul Dvorski and Ian Walsh would balk at making the right call, and the puck would end up in the back of the Hawks net. 3-2 Ducks. They would add an empty netter, and the Hawks would lose 4-2.
After the empty net goal went in, new Hawk (and former Duck) Nick Boynton dropped the gloves with Wisniewski. Sadly, it was the FIRST time since the hit occurred that a Hawk bothered to even bump Wisniewski. Could it be that teams are learning that no matter what they do, the Hawks won't retaliate? Wisniewski didn't have to pay for his actions.
Who will be the next Hawk to get run? Toews? Kane? Keith? If the Hawks continue to ignore their teammates getting cheap shotted and injured, the bodies will continue to pile up.
Hawk management already "laughed" at the idea that they might need an enforcer. They must be ROTFL-ing at the idea that they MIGHT need an enforcer. Wait...the Hawks have one? Oh yeah...Ben Eager. The same Ben Eager who hasn't been credited with a hit in 5+ straight games. How about Adam Burish, who tells everyone that will listen how he'll scrap with anyone at any time. Does that not apply to old drinking buddies?
The Hawks have a ton of talent, but they better get out of this malaise they've been in since the Olympics. The league isn't going to fight for them. The have to battle through and respond when things don't go their way. Instead, they've been folding.
Blackhawks, you have won nothing, no matter how many TV appearances, medal ceremonies, cheese ball commercials, conventions, Winter Classics or exotic limo rides you participate in. All that matters is the Stanley Cup.
Remove head from collective rectums, re-focus and win. No more excuses.
NOTE : The Anaheim announcers would later apologize for suggesting Seabrook was "selling" the injury
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