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Is there too much violence in NHL playoffs?
Thu, April 19, 2012

Whatever progress the NHL had made in protecting players from unnecessary cheap shots this season has been pulverized in the first week of the playoffs.

The Penguins-Flyers series has been a mess, with players headhunting and brawling through the first three games of the series.

The latest example from the post-season saw Coyotes goon Raffi Torres send Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa to the hospital on Tuesday night following a hit where a hard-charging Torres left his feet, made contact with Hossa's upper body and head while the puck was going the other way.

What are your thoughts about the increase in violence so far in the NHL playoffs? Is it good for the game? Is player safety thrown out the window? Have your say in our forum.

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Hard clean hits are part of the game. However the majority of the hits are not clean. Sticks, elbows, knees whatever it takes. Coaches forever have told you if his head is down make him pay. But it is the from behind, not having the puck and not expecting a hit, big two handed swings that are cheap and are usually done because the person may beat the other player to the puck or take it away so the lesser player usually takes the cheap route. Now we have the over acting thrown in and some of these guy, particularly goalies, are acadamy award winners, you have a hollywood game going for ratings not hockey. There is nothing like a good hard hitting, clean hockey game but that is not what the NHL is all about at times. There is passion and then there is stupidity.
Brian Gozjolko, 2012-04-20 20:58:02

NHL playoffs???? You mean the boxing matches??? oh, wait, that's an offense to boxing...
Leslie, 2012-04-20 20:51:40

if you haven't played competitive hockey you have no say. so sick of seeing these figure skaters saying what the nhl should or should not do. its a game of passion and intensity , something most people wouldn't understand watching from their lazy boy and working a 9-5 desk job. if you don't like hockey the way it is tune in to a different sport, like curling.
rick, 2012-04-20 16:39:07

People are overreacting big time. Hockey has always had a violent edge, especially in the playoffs. It's a high-speed sport.

Nothing short of taking out hitting and fighting will stop injuries, but then you might as well call it the PHL - Panty-waste Hockey League. If you don't like it, go watch figure skating or ringette.
Jimmy, 2012-04-20 16:36:23

The Torres and Weber hits were just good, hard clean hockey hits. It's called finishing your check. This is real hockey, the way it was meant to be played by tough Canadian kids. Just like it was back in the good old days. No more of this namby-pamby, touchy feely figure skating. It isn't a real hockey game unless someone is carried off on a stretcher with their brain still rattling around in their head. And hockey is nothing without fighting. Anyone who says differently is a girly-man wuss who should be out with the women knitting. Leave the hockey to the real neanderthals among us!
Buddy, 2012-04-20 15:04:31

I've been watching playoff hockey since there were only 6 teams in the league. It was always my favourite time of the year. But for the past couple of years, I can barely stand watching the game. The players are no longer able to make passing plays because as soon as they touch the puck, some goon is trying to flatten them with some horrific headshot or cross-check into the boards. As soon as the puck is on their stick, they're dumping it, resulting in boring hockey and poor plays. Don't get me wrong. I like a good hockey hit as much as the next person, when it's a legitimate check. But hockey has become a game of men strewn about the ice, falling on their butts all the time from one constant hit or trip after another. The beautiful passes and good plays are far and few between. Just watch any of the games in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs and you'll see what I mean. The glory days of hockey have been lost.
Lynne, 2012-04-20 14:08:39

Hits have always been part of the game. Just go through old TV coverage of playoff games and you'd see Messier using his elbows to the heads of players like Jagr. What's different today, is how the nasty the hits are. Compare the elbow pads of the past to today's "Gladiator" type elbow pads. The original intent of elbow pads is to protect your own elbows when you fall on the ice, not to use as a weapon to decapitate or crush your opponent's head.
Pete in Vancouver, 2012-04-20 12:12:42

Since the implementation of the instigator rule in 1992, I believe dangerous hits have increased. For whatever reason, when watching a game now, the offending player is often not the one who receives the the physical punishment. Is a two minute penalty enough of a determent for a possible career ending elbow? The 'pests' are not the ones dealing with the repercussions of their actions. Usually retribution only occurs tough guy to tough guy, which is the wrong approach. When/if fighting is totally removed, watch cheap shots, high sticks, and player injuries rise. I would imagine that almost anyone that has played the game would agree with me.
Alan, 2012-04-20 12:00:53

I think it's absolutely rediculous, you should take all full-contact hitting out of the game, and make it body-contact only. I like the Women's hockey and European hockey way better than the NHL. I've played hockey for the last 30 years, and would much rather focus on skill and play, than punching some guy or intentionally taking someone out.


Ban All Hitting, 2012-04-20 11:52:42

I have no problem with hockey being a physical game, but I see a big difference between a clean check and these deliberate efforts to injure. To me, if you have a good team, you don't need to be trying to take out the other team's players. I've essentially stopped watching NHL hockey because what I find exciting is great passing, excellent team play, and beautiful shots on the goal. Instead, especially in the playoffs, teams seem more interested in smashing each other for the first few games than in scoring. I'm tired of watching that, so I have voted with my remote and will not be watching the playoffs this year.
Katherine, 2012-04-20 11:44:52

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