pretty clear cut blindside hit to the head. I know thats not Callys game, but to me, thats a suspendable hit, and I would expect 1-2 games for him.
The only thing that's clear is that some of you don't understand the meaning of 'blindside'. Blindside means coming at the player from the side or from behind.
Watch the video and pause it at the 2 second mark. Callahan is at least 5 feet in front of Nielsen, with Nielsen moving directly toward him. Callahan turned his body to put his shoulder into him and caught his head because Nielsen was reaching for the puck.
It's not a dirty hit, his elbow was down. Cally didn't even hit him near as hard as he could have. He won't be suspended because it doesn't qualify under the head shots rule.
Both players are square to the puck, sticks and elbows down. Nielsen lets up, reaching for the puck, in doing so he's almost bending halfway down his normal height. The difference is that Cally is bracing for the hit, Nielsen thinks its shinny and puts himself in a prone position. Its a hockey play, happens all the time, except most players in Nielsen's spot realize they are in the offensive zone and should be more careful.
Callahan's hit is definitely a clean N/S hit IMO. He's coming in at Neilsen's 10 o'clock. Keep your head up son. If you just look at the still image, yeah, it looks like Cally is coming from the side but in the video, it ends up like that because Cally turns his shoulder into the hit. Shoulder does hit the head first (Neilsen is bending over reaching for the puck) and as Callahan is elevating his body as you do in hits, head on the shoulder rides up and finds the elbow. I kinda feel like for it to be an intentional elbow, you're elbow has to be up at shoulder height. When you keep them down, it's pretty damn clean to me. No suspension or fine. But then again, that Boll hit was a joke. Or the replays don't show whatever the refs saw on that hit.
I need a pic back a frame or two or three that shows the elbow up and whether or not it's htting the face. U can see the elbow come up without a doubt but these pics are well after the elbow comes up. Can't make a call either way. For some reason tho it really looked like an elbow last night and now it doesn't