February 14, 2010
St. Louis Blues forward Cam Janssen(notes) has been very busy in his past two games. Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Janssen accumulated 22 penalty minutes -- including a 10-minute misconduct -- after engaging in three fights with Colton Orr(notes). Saturday against the Washington Capitals, Janssen almost matched that total all in one play.
Early in the first period, Janssen hit Matt Bradley(notes) late after the Capitals forward dumped off a pass to Quintin Laing(notes). Bradley was still watching Laing's shot as Janssen skated in from outside the left faceoff circle to deliver the blow. (The video starts with Laing coming in to fight Janssen. The replay of the hit begins at the 1:21 mark.)
Janssen was given a five-minute major for interference, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct, while Bradley was clearly still feeling the affects of the hit as he was helped off the ice. Afterwards, Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post Tweeted that Bradley was still woozy with a headache, but that there was no injury of significance.
While he has four misconduct penalties this season, it was only Janssen's first game misconduct of the year. Only the accumulation of three game misconducts results in an automatic one game suspension, plus any possible supplementary discipline from the NHL. The only definite punishment for a misconduct penalty is a whopping $100 fine that obviously doesn't go into the pot to help get more games in high-definition..
This hit should surely warrant a phone call from Colin Campbell and a suspension. From the video, it appears Janssen's hit is shoulder-to-chest and not a head shot, as Bradley's head hits the glass along the boards. Either way, the hit was extremely late and dangerous. St. Louis doesn't play again until March 2 when the Blues open up a six-game road trip in Phoenix, but it looks like Janssen's Olympic break is going to be extended by a few more days.
Elsewhere, a scary moment occurred during the Phoenix-Dallas game when Coyotes forward Petr Prucha(notes) was hit into the boards by James Neal(notes) early in the first period. Prucha flew into the boards and was knocked out for seven minutes. (H/T 5-Hole for the clip.)
Prucha regained consciousness and was was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. According to Coyotes PR man Sergey Kocharov, Prucha was released from a local hospital after being evaluated and his day-to-day with an "upper body injury."