Well, here we are again. Another suspend him or not article. This may be a weekly edition to be honest. Every hit in the NHL may be a suspension at this point. Right when I saw the Malkin “hit” on Oshie, I knew it was going to be a huge deal and probably a suspension just looking at the track record of the NHL this season. For those that did not see the play here you go.
The header photo makes it look bad right? Well watch the play and then judge. Also if you have never played a sport(especially hockey) in your life please get the f*ck out of here, leave your opinion to yourself because you do not know anything about the game or sports.
Malkin was coming into the zone, clearly saw Oshie was coming to hit him, moved the puck to his supporting winger and as Oshie was going to hit Malkin, Malkin braced for the hit and hit Oshie before Oshie could do anything to Malkin. Now, does he make contact with his head, yes. But Oshie was the one going after Malkin in Malkin’s eyes. Malkin did not hit with his elbow, it was clear bracing for the hit, tensed his shoulder up and made contact with Oshie. Also if you look at Oshie’s eyes he is not even going after Malkin it looks like, ok now what? You think Malkin is thinking that when he sees a guy skating towards him? No, he is thinking “this guy going to blow me up. Protect self.” (Malkin’s Russian btw) therefore he did what his NORMAL HUMAN instinct told him to do, protect myself. I do see the validation for a five-minute major, maybe not a suspension. The only reason this is major worthy is because Oshie did get hit in the head and the point of contact was the head, but Malkin was protecting himself, he had no idea Oshie was trying to get the puck and not hit him. If anything leave it as it is, game misconduct and ejection. Please let’s not modernize this game any more.
The reason this should be left as is because the referees stepped up and made the call they did what they were suppose to do and stopped it from escalating any further. We saw Michael Matheson hit Elias Pettersson and get no call and then suspended later on, say they called it and ejected him right there and then it may have gone a different way. I think this is a dangerous play but he was protecting himself, don’t have your head down no matter what and the referees did a good job calling it in the moment, not three days later.