After Chris Neil's punishing hit on Johnny Boychuk in the third period of the Ottawa Senators' loss to the Boston Bruins, Kyle Turris decided to bring some pain of his own on Joe Corvo — but he made the head the principal point of contact.
Coming up after the jump, the hit and the reaction from Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley from NESN (s/t Kukla; auto-play video warning).
UPDATE: Turris will have a disciplinary hearing on Sunday.
UPDATE No. 2: Per Sportsnet's Ian Mendes, Turris will not be suspended. Here's Brendan Shanahan's explanation:
"Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further," NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan said. "After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris' explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount
of head contact that resulted.
"We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play."
Said Jack Edwards:
"Corvo's down … Turris came from behind … he came from a RIDICULOUS distance, and Turris ought to be sit and payin' for a long time … that's just chicken ... chicken is what that is … leaves his feet, suspension, Mr. Shanahan will be busy with Mr. Turris … that's just rubbish."
So, seriously, tell us how you really feel …
Turris was given two minutes for boarding on the play. One imagines he'll get additional penalties from the NHL for a hit that shouldn't happen under our 2012 protect the brain at all costs rulebook. That is, once the NHL gets over the initial shock of Kyle Turris delivering a hit.