I’d be surprised if we see a suspension come out of last night’s Max Pacioretty open ice hit on Kris Letang.
The following variables come to mind:
1. Letang was weaving through the Montreal Canadiens offence until he got rocked by Pacioretty. He simply was leaving himself vulnerable to getting hit pretty hard.
2. Letang wasn’t necessarily reacting to Pacioretty incoming.
3. Letang had good puck possession when Pacioretty went in for the hit.
4. Pacioretty made a conscious effort for shoulder to shoulder contact. He didn’t leave his feet, and he certainly stayed away being behind Letang. When a player makes a hit directly at shoulder, or in the vicinity, that’s deemed a text book hit in most books.
5. The result was dramatic, and drawn out. Letang bled a little bit, got stitched up, and came back to play again. (And of course, had the big goal.)
Overall, here’s a good representation of Letang doing too much when Montreal had a good trap on the slot.
Letang should have tried to bank it off Carey Price’s pad from 40 feet out, as Pascal Dupuis was in prime position for a rebound tip in.