If you want to get your blood boiling early on a Thursday morning, watch the Minnesota feed of Nino Niederreiter’s elbow to the head of Alex Burrows.
“Ridiculous call”, they say. “Good, open ice hit”, they say.
In terms of homer announcers, this one tops the charts.
For all the heightened sensitivity to head shots and concussions and all that, the NHL, of course, agrees with them, and Niederreiter is scot-free and has been cleared to play in the Wild’s game tonight in St. Louis. In other words, the NHL has deemed his 2-minute trip to the box as sufficient penalty for coming at an opposing player from the blindside and lifting his elbow to hit his head.
I guess hits to the head are good hits again. His teammate, Matt Cooke, will be proud.
You be the judge.