Finally the NHL gets serious.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended eight games by the NHL for a hit to the had of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook Thursday. The hit in question:
It is Wisniewski's second suspension this season. He sat two games for a high hit on Coyotes captain Shane Doan in October.
EN Says: We're not sure if the recent rash of questionable hits throughout the league finally reached a tipping point or if the potential for a circus tonight in Boston had a role in this decision, but the NHL finally made the right call with this one. Wisniewski's intent was clear as were his actions. After Seabrook dazed Ducks forward Corey Perry with a hit, Wisniewski went after the head of Seabrook. Period. Anyone who would dispute otherwise is denying reality.
And if you want to mechanically break it down, Wisniewski:
- Went after a player without the puck - Interference.
- Left his feet - Charging.
- Struck Seabrook with an elbow - Elbowing.
- Slammed Seabrook's head into the boards - Boarding.
Sadly, we fear if Seabrook were not injured, Wisniewski doesn't miss any time.