Dean McAmmond was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to hospital after suffering a concussion following a dirty hit to the head 2:39 into the second period by Philly's Steve Downie.
Downie, who was drafted in the first round by the Flyers in the 2005, earned a reputation with the OHL's Peterborough Petes and Kitchener Rangers for being a hit-and-run artist.
Do you think Downie is a hit-and-run artist, or a gritty forward who always finishes his checks? Should he be suspended for the hit? Have your say in our forum.
Hey Downie, heads up
As for the hit itself, take a frame by frame look at it. You will see that Downie's skates are either on the ice or just leaving the ice when the hit was made. When players are taught to hit, they are taught to either hit into the boards or to lift with their legs at the moment of impact. That is exactly what happened. The aftermath of the collision is what is causing everyone to scream about him leaving his feet. The more I look at the hit, the more I believe it was legal.
As for intent, I agree he was looking to get revenge for a hard hit into the boards earlier. Where is that against the NHL rules as long as the hit that takes place is legal? Intent, looking for payback, etc., is not something that should be punishable because it requires an official to determine what someone else was thinking. Impossible to do.
b, 2007-09-27 11:01:03
I speak for all Senators fans when I say this: it is NOT okay when an Ottawa player lays a dirty hit on someone. Every team does it and the Senators do NOT do it more than anybody else. Just stop saying that, OK? Do some of you idiots who post in here even watch the games? When did anybody who identified themselves as an Ottawa fan ever say that it was OK?
I understand the need to pick on the Senators - I really do. They're a well coached, well-run organization who have been among the league's elite for years. They score more goals and win more games than most teams, and their payroll has traditionally been a lot lower than other team's. They were built through the draft and great scouting - not free agency. Now they've got a back-to-back 50 goal scorer and a Stanley Cup final appearance to add to their list of achievements. They haven't won a Stanley Cup yet but does anybody really doubt that it's just a matter of time? Be analytical about it, not emotional. That's better! It's human nature to want to take the other guy down a peg or two. No hard feelings here. It's actually kind of flattering! Remember when the Senators were terrible back in the 90's? Nobody said a damn thing about them then.
Downie's hit was dirty. It doesn't matter who said what or what you think about the Ottawa Senators. It's like math: 1 plus 1 will always equal 2 - it's not a matter of opinion. It's a cold, hard fact.
Voice of Reason, 2007-09-27 10:16:33
Alfie on Tucker
Leafs fans living in the past. If only.....
There is a huge difference between that hit and what Downie did. Alfredsson was going for the puck. Downie had only one intention in mind when he skated behind the net.
Also, Alfredsson did not hit Tucker from behind. Check the video on Youtube. You can clearly see the hit was on the side and Tucker went into the boards awkwardly.
colin, 2007-09-27 09:46:54
Too many people are concerned soley about past events, about whether a player on team "a" deserved a cheap head shot because of past questionable play by another player on the same team. What this league needs to do is to get away from the idea that somehow giving a player a concussion from a flying elbow or shoulder to the head it "good hockey play" and to come down hard on players that use cheap, questionable hits as part of their game.
Will, 2007-09-27 09:29:44
How is this even a debate? It shouldn't matter who you are or what team you play for - this nonsense has got to stop. I AM SICK OF IT - THERE IS NO EXCUSE!
No hitting in the head. You hit the head - bye bye.
steve h, 2007-09-27 09:19:16