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Late in the second period of the Buffalo Sabres' Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins last night, defenseman Tyler Myers(notes) delivered this hit on the Bruins' Johnny Boychuk(notes):

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Alsways funny how folks can see completely different things on the same hit. The HSBC Arena crew, for example, saw the No. 1 hit of the night and replayed it on the video screens. Joe Haggerty of CSN New England saw the type of "lateral hit or a hit from behind" that would trigger supplemental discipline from the NHL under its spiffy new blindside hit rule. The Bruins agreed with Haggerty, as Boychuck told CSNNE:

"I didn't see him coming, I didn't have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess," said Boychuk. "Then they called it the freakin' hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy.  He was coming right at my head.

"[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they're letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup."

Myers said this morning after practice that he was just "trying to finish" his check without the intention of harming Boychuck. The Boston Herald reported this afternoon that the NHL agreed with Myers:

Sabre defenseman Tyler Myers will not be suspended for his high hit on Bruin defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game 1 last night, according to a league official. The reasoning was that it was deemed "a hockey play" and Myers was not targeting Boychuk's head. It also wasn't clear whether Myers hit Boychuk's shoulder before the head.

So there you have it. As Haggerty pointed out in his piece, had Boychuk been injured or carried off on a stretcher, we all know this situation would be vastly different. But it should also be said that Haggs and the Bruins are probably a little oversensitive to these issues, post-Savard hit.

Video from Buffalo News via Kukla.

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