Should Pacioretty get suspended for hit on Letang?

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty levels Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Saturday. Letang broke his nose, but did return to score the game winner.

Let us know in the comment section what you think of the hit? How many games (if any) should Pacioretty get?

12 Comments

  1. phil

    November 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    So it’s OK to skate into the zone with your head down and oblivious of all the guys around you now? This is a great example of a hit that shouldn’t be a suspension-worthy offense.

  2. JeF

    November 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

    On that sequence, Letang IS Vulnerable. He just end a shoot to the net as a right handed player so he doesn’t see Pacioretty. It is a hit to the head by a blindside hit. Rule is clear… Sure the intention has to be verified, but the facts stays: broken nose by a blind side hit to the head.

  3. Mark Easson

    November 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I’m sure there will be a suspension, but it was close to being a good hit.

    It sort of looks like that Letang takes a quick glace towards Pacioretty then tries to get the shot off quickly. If he actually notices him or not is irrelevant as contact was made with the head. His head was down, and he was in a vulnerable position.

  4. Michael Calcagni

    November 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Yeah he should be suspended, it was a clear hit to the head and Letang left with a broken nose.

  5. Wunschkind89

    November 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

    2 games max. While Letang did just shoot the puck, and it was a blindside hit, he is only 4 feet tall. That’s hardly Pacioretty’s fault.

  6. jj

    November 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

    If this becomes a suspension, the discipline Czar needs to be “let go”. There is absolutely no question that Letang bears full responsibility for getting popped like this. He looked straight at Pacioretty prior to taking the hit. He chose to take the shot. Pacioretty never left his feet drove his shoulder to Letang’s shoulder. Letang’s head goes down on the shot.

  7. Jr

    November 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

    He should get ten games for the elbow up, leg out head shot in mid ice, that was dirty and intentional.

  8. Rick O'Quinn

    November 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Absolutely he should be suspended. Not only should he know better, after Chara tried to kill him, but the first point of contact was the head with his shoulder. Further, both his feet are off the ice at the time of impact.

  9. grant

    November 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    If you look Pac was going for the hit before Letang put his head down. That signifies that it was not an intentional or careless dirty hit, but that Letang put himself at risk by taking a shot as he was about to be hit. Furthermore, if Letang looked at Pac before the hit, some of you are saying he did but I can’t see it, he is therefore KNOWINGLY putting himself at risk by taking the shot rather than moving or taking a defensive stance. Lastly, considering, in addition to this, the fact that Pac has no history of wreckless or dirty play, I don’t think Pac should get suspended.

  10. 5thlinecentre

    November 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Those are called the trolley tracks. You go through them with your head down you get hit. That is the danger zone in hockey. Was not a blindside, majority of the contact went to the shoulder.
    Big hits shouldn’t be suspensions just because someone gets hurt.

  11. paul

    November 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    In todays NHL that is what is called a HEAD SHOT. If “PAC” says it was anything but that, he needs another wake up call from the big “Z”.

  12. jon

    November 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    if this hit should be legal and not suspendable as a lot of people are posting on here. then lets take out rule 48 and completely wipe matt cookes slate clean as this rule was put in place because of cookies replica hit of pac on letang.