A head shot is a head shot

A head shot is a head shot

Posted by TimS on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 12:49
Watch the replay of Drew Stafford's hit on Duncan Keith and it's clear his elbow caught the Hawks' defenseman in the head at the last minute. Referees Paul Devorski and Brian Pochmara blew it by not penalizing Stafford, who said after the game Keith should have had his head up. Shots to the head continue to be ignored by the NHL. A head shot should be an automatic penalty, whether it's intentional or not. Ben Eager is right. If he had hit someone like Stafford did, he would have been sent to the penalty box and likely suspended. What Eager is saying is there's a double standard in the NHL, and he's right. Stafford is not a dirty player, but that hit was. Maybe Keith should have had his head up, but that's no reason to go for a guy's head.
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