February 2, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) skates with the puck during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

VIDEO: Taylor Hall Suspended 2 Games For Hit On Cal Clutterbuck

Taylor Hall has been suspended for 2 games after this hit on Cal Clutterbuck.

The hit took place late in the third period of last night’s 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

A few thoughts on the hit –

  • This hit is probably perfectly legal 20 years ago.  Today, it won’t fly.   Just like Scott Stevens making work of Eric Lindros, Stevens would probably face a substantial suspension if the Lindros hit happened today.
  • My opinion?  It was a bad hit.  Hall hit Clutterbuck some on the hip, and some on the knee.  It’s not 100% clean either way.  If it was a flying hip check, Hall gets no games.  It wasn’t a clean hip check, and that’s why we’re here today.
  • I don’t think Taylor Hall did this to be malicious.  I do think Hall wanted to lay the guy out.  I don’t think he wanted to cripple the guy at centre ice.  It was a bad decision, and when he went in to commit, it was too late to pull back.  Then again, I’m not in Taylor Hall’s head.
Here’s Brendan Shanahan of NHL Player Safety to explain.

Things ought to be real interesting on March 3rd when the Oilers meet the Wild in Minnesota.

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