Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Blackhawk's Brent Seabrook shaken by Wisniewski
Former Blackhawk and current Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski took a run at former Chicago teammate Brent Seabrook Wednesday night in a game between the Blackhawks and Ducks.
Shortly after Seabrook hit Corey Perry, Wisniewski skated in from the blueline at full speed, charged a surprised Brent Seabrook - who did not have possession of the puck - and went for a high hit that slammed Seabrook into the boards, essentially knocking him out on his feet, before he fell to the ice and left the game.
Thankfully Seabrook left the ice under his own power, but he definitely did not appear to be all there after the hit.
James Wisniewski is definitely playing with fire and may be hearing from the league regarding supplemental discipline. The hit appeared to be predatory and vicious, and thankfully also beyond the NHL's rules which admittedly may not be sufficient in addressing headshots. This hit comes amidst a flurry of discussions amongst NHL Officials and steadfast criticism from players, media, and fans who feel the one ice product has become far too dangerous as players are not being held accountable for their opportunistic and predatory hits (of which there have been many this year).
While Wisniewski did not leave his feet, he was tagged with a 2 minute charging minor on the play. Call it interference, charging or roughing, Wisnieski's hit was beyond an average minor penalty and likely should have been a 5 minute major.
Wonders will never cease how some obvious penalty calls go uncalled and suspensions or fines result later, while others are dealt with appropriately during the game.
As always, PuckWatch will keep you posted.