He threw his elbow up way out of his way, the intent was clear.
We've seen less intent on elbows get 3 games.
1 game during the playoffs is nothing especially when the ****ing guy didn't get the major he deserved.
The NHL has essentially said they wouldn't of suspended him if he got a major.
This is hardly a punishment, he gets a game off and a pat on the back from Tortorella for elbowing a guy to the back of the head.
This should have been more than 1 game. The elbow was not that different than the Cooke hit on McDonagh in which he was suspended 10 reg season games and 7 playoff games. I am guessing it is Prust's first offense but it still should have been 2-3 + games at least
It's hard to vilify Prust when Volchenkov tries to spin away from the hit and Prust reacts quickly to get a piece of him. There was no indication that Prust was throwing out his arm or aiming to hit high before Volchenkov spun away so the goon argument fails - there was clearly no intent. Still, it was a dangerous hit and the wrong reaction. The one game suspension is completely warranted.
"Hi. I'm Brandan Shanahan of the NHL [blah blah blah]...
At 2:30 of the 2nd period, Brandon Prust elbowed Anton Volchenkov with a blow to the head. This is a violation of the NHL's elbowing rule, which is [blah blah blah] [Show text of what elbowing is defined as]. Volchenkov did not appear to be injured on the play and returned to the ice for the remainder of the game. Brandon Prust has never been fined or suspended during his five year NHL career.
- No Apparent Injury
- No History
The department of player safety has decided to suspend Brandon Prust for one game."
I think that pretty much sums up what Shanahan is going to say.
boom. solid assessment and no need to waste any of the limited data i have left on my phone from watching all that por...hockey highlights. each of these incidents have the same explanation, just take out one player for the next. The severe, use torres: mediocre, use asham: 1st timer, use prust...star player, use weber.
Deserved what he got...no more no less. No real intent to injure, was a reaction to the probablity of missing the hit. You still can't do that but it wasn't head hunting. Hard nose player, not real dirty, no priors to my knowledge...one game.
Neil hit on Boyle was not a suspension...hit on Alfie deserved a suspension.
Bigger question..why are the refs worse and worse every year.
Pretty sure gullible wasn't the word you were looking for there. But great job.
I'll give you Zubrus' hit. Looks like an elbow. Not even close to as malicious as Prust's hit (up high, but no head contact). Not even the same league, but an elbow nonetheless. That's a two minute elbowing call versus Prust which was easily of the five minute variety. You seriously want that hit reviewed? It's a missed call, and not even close to the worst one of the game.
Prust's explanation for flaring his elbow out is still laughable.