Re: I think a 4 game suspension is fair
posted at 6/7/2011 1:48 PM EDT
In Response to Re: I think a 4 game suspension is fair
[QUOTE]I was expecting a suspension, but 4 games in the SCF is ridiculous. Late hit, yes. But there was no elbow directed at the head. The only reason it's so harsh is because of the injury involved, which is as much Horton's fault as Rome's. Can ANYONE on the Bruins side at least admit that Horton shouldn't be admiring his pass as he crosses the blueline? Can ANYONE admit that he should have done what every coach he's ever had has drilled into him: "Keep your head up"? If Horton does that ONE THING, then he sees the hit coming, then has an opportunity to brace for it; doesn't slam his head on the ice, and likely pops right up and keeps going. If you're going to enter the offensive zone with the puck, pass it off and stare it down, you might as well close your eyes, because you're essentially creating a 360 degree "blindside zone" around you. I know that there are a lot of knowledgeable hockey fans here; and I know that you're emotional about losing Horton, but come on, NOBODY should be admiring their pass in the SCF!
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
So your argument is that Horton should have known that Rome would lay an illegal hit on him? Horton did what you are supposed to do - watch the play and let your periphery watch what's in front of you rather than watching out for a predatory goon.
What all the Nuck homers are missing is the fact that he didn't have the puck. If he had the puck, he'd have kept his head up. Since he didn't have the puck, he was watching the play, what you're supposed to do.
Horton didn't run into him, Rome lined him up. This wasn't the case of the Krejic hit in the last series, this is a case of a guy knowing that he doesn't have the puck, knowing that Horton didn't see him, and then hitting him high. Every part of this hit is illegal and all on Rome, not Horton. It was the definition of the hit the league is trying to get rid of.
Please take off your green glasses and look at it from an objective viewpoint and you'll see the reality of the situation - It was a dangerous and unnecessary hit that was away from the puck.