Hasek kicked his legs out. He could have just stacked the pads, but you can see him kick the legs up. That's tripping. Barry Melrose school of hockey, if you come out of the crease, you're fair game, and that's a trip.
did you see how far out of his crease he was? That was a very dangerous play, no way does that belong in Hockey imo
The whole thing would have been avoided if Gaborik's head was up. Hasek is not the bad guy here, he's always played way out there. I agree, he shouldn't be so far out, but Gaborik needs to shoulder some blame for it too. He got cocky, thought he didn't need to keep his head up. If your head is down bad things are bound to happen. He's lucky he didn't get seriously injured.
head down or not, having a goalie rush you sliding on the ice isn't the same as a normal check. Dom's center of gravity was about shin high on Gaborik, not to mention the momentum of dom and all that gear.
It's not like Dom took him standing up, he got speed and purposely slid into him pads out and contact was made behind the circles thats how far out he was. The last thing a guy is thinking about on a break away is getting his feet knocked out before he gets halfway to the goal.
I respect your point of view and all, but man I don't see much of a way to justify it myself.
To be honest I don't even know why I'm defending the hit, I don't like either team to be truthful. Then again, it may have to do with the idiot Wild fans I dealt with earlier on another site about the whole thing (I hope Boogard tkaes out Jiguere!!111!)...ugh
The call could have gone either way to be honest, I just think Gaborik's head being down should have factored into the penalty call. Yeah, Hasek is crazy playing way the hell out there, and it is dangerous, but Gaborik could have skated around him, jumped over him, or even shot the puck over him into the empty net then try to avoid Dominik.
I think tripping was the wrong call, this is probably the right one:
Rule 49 Clipping
Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.
A player may not deliver a check in a "clipping" manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent's knees.
An illegal "low hit" is a check that is delivered by a player who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent's knees.
A player who commits these fouls will be assessed a minor penalty for "clipping". If an injury occurs as a result of this "clipping" check, the player must be assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct.