Truism alert: Tyler Myers is tall. (Heck, look at him in the photo above. Jaromir Jagr is jumping into the air, and he's yet to clear the top of Myers' head.) And one could argue that this makes checking a little tricky for Myers, because, at 6'8", his elbow is naturally situated right around head height on most players.
Except that Dainius Zubrus is pretty tall too. He's 6'5". So when Myers caught him in the head with a hit along the wall Saturday night, it seemed like a little more than just tall guy problems. You had to wonder if he might be getting a phone call from the league.
Wonder no more. Myers has a hearing Monday afternoon, says the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday afternoon for a hit on New Jersey Devils center Dainius Zubrus on Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
Myers received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head of Zubrus at 7:02 of the third period. Zubrus remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Here's the hit:
This isn't just a high hit. Myers on Zubrus? It's the highest hit.
I can't get enough of the way Rick Jeanneret says, "He hit the head." It's almost fatherly. I expect it to be followed by, "And your mother and I are very disappointed in you, Tyler."
I'd expect Myers to get a game or two here, and not just because he pops up into Zubrus' head rather than driving clean through the body, but because he's a repeat offender, having previously been suspended 3 games for boarding Scott Gomez in 2012.
That would be a tough break for the Sabres, who are riding a five-game home winning streak, and will now most likely be trying to make it six on Tuesday night versus the Hurricanes without Myers.
Either way, I think we can agree the real crime in this clip remains the jersey Myers is wearing.