Friday, March 18, 2011

Will Hornqvist Get Supplemental Discipline and Friday Findings

The above play, where Patric Hornqvist hits Tyler Seguin in the corner late in the first period (view at the 45 second mark), of last night's Predators' 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins will get plenty of discussion and scrutiny in the media and court of public opinion today.

It was a play that would not even be considered for supplementary discipline had it not been for the NHL General Manager's meetings this week that focused on any type of hit to the head with an emphasis on charging and boarding calls.

As it was, Hornqvist was accessed a five minute major (that included short-handed time) and a game misconduct for elbowing which the Predators survived but the team lost the services of Hornqvist for the final 42:50 of the game and had to play short-handed.

After the game, Preds' coach Barry Trotz said, "At first you look at it and the referee says I saw his elbow out and he made contact with the head. When I watched it on the replay, it looked like Hornqvist had his elbow out and as he goes to Sequin, he brings his elbow in and puts the brakes on and sort of turns so when I looked at it I didn't really think it was a penalty."

Seguin was somewhat non committal as he said, "I can't say. I saw him coming down and braced for a hit and then I felt something kind of hit my ear." When asked again he said,"It was from the hit. I don't know if I hit the boards. I think it was from the hit."

That's not necessarily something that would convince a jury of any intent on Hornqvist's part so it will be interesting to see what the NHL's wheel of justice will do on this one.

I'm going against the grain here as my bet is that Hornqvist will get a verbal warning and that the game misconduct will be rescinded and that he will pay on Saturday against the Red Wings when they visit Bridgestone Arena.

Update: from @RealKyper: #Preds Hornqvist has scheduled #NHL hearing today regarding head hit on Seguin.

Preds Bruins Round-Up...

Here is our game story from last night with post game video.

Josh Cooper had his game story, notes column, and postgame ponderings.

Jim Diamond goes into detail on Patric Hornqvist's ejection from the game.

David Boclair has his story at The City Paper. David is a "real pro" as Barry Trotz likes to say.

From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Chris Burton, Jeremy Gover, Predatorial, Fang Finger Fever, and Hockey Night in Nashville.

The other side of the story from a Bruins point of view come from The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bruins Blog, CSN Northeast, The Bruins Blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder, NESN, Hub Hockey, and Something's Bruin.

Audio clips from the Predators include Sergei Kostitsyn, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne and Colin Wilson. From the Bruins comes Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, and Coach Claude Julien.

In Pred Nation...

Puck Daddy looked at Pekka's case for the Vezina before last night's game. I still say he is a better Hart candidate provided the Preds make the playoffs.

Is AJ really going to punch somebody? Check out Pull My Fang Finger to see.

Here is the preview for the Lifetime Channel's "Coming Home" episode that features the girl who posed as a goalie to see her husband for the first time in a year at the Predators game last month.

Around the NHL...

Ryan Porth met up with Tyler Seguin before last night's game for a conversation.

Nick Cotsonika chronicles the Washington Capitals turnaround.

Max Pacioretty may in fact be able to return in time for the playoffs. That is a far quicker time frame than anyone expected a few days ago.

Chris Pronger is also expected to return before the playoffs from his hand injury.

Ryan Porth does a redo with the current standings using the Olympic point standings. There would be changes in the East battle for eight.

Mile High Hockey debates whether Coach Joe Sacco should be fired.

Dave Nonis was named the GM of Team Canada for the World Championships that begin next month in Slovakia. Rob Blake and Bob Murray will assist.

Here is the only upside to a departure from Phoenix for the Coyotes from @jtbourne: Glendale is looking into a minor league team if Coyotes move? If it's an ECHL team, I will 100% get my ass in shape, tryout, write about it.

Paul "BizNasty"Bissonnette had plenty of time while sitting in the press box during the Coyote's game in Calgary to check out the "Big Country Ice Crew" and even got specific as to his pick.

Odds and Ends...

The Office was renewed for next season albeit without Steve Carrell. No word on my favorite show, Outsourced at this time. Parks and Recreation, Community, and 30 Rock will also return.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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