Was this an intentional knee-on-knee hit from Whitney? (s/t CJ Zero for the clip)
And a happy end of Movember to you, Mr. Clutterbuck ...
Wrote Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Twitter: "That was a blatant knee-on-knee by Ryan Whitney on Clutterbuck. Brutal missed call and possible injury. ... Clutterbuck leaving the game hurt; Can barely get off the ice. Ryan Whitney should be in a lot of trouble."
After the game, Russo reported that Wild Coach Mike Yeo didn't like the hit, but that it was more 'knee-on-thigh.'
If that isn't a blatant attempt to injure, I don't know what is. Mike Yeo says Clutterbuck has a "charlie horse" and it is not Clutterbuck's knee, but that should matter little. It was absolutely disgustingly dirty, and could have ended extemely badly for both players. There is a reason knee on knee hits (or even attempted knee on knee hits) are suspended. They can be career ending, and are flat out stupid.
Classic hockey conundrum here: Did Whitney stick out his leg to connect with Clutterbuck's? Did Clutterbuck initiate the awkward contact by attempting to avoid Whitney's hit?
Bottom line: No penalty on the play, and Clutterbuck skated three shifts in the second period before leaving the game. The Wild one the game, 3-2, in the shootout.
- Cal Clutterbuck
- Ryan Whitney