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Zach Bogosian vs Pierre-Marc Bouchard: Can the League Get This One Right?

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Not exactly the right way to lead into a hit, especially with your opponent's back all but turned. (photo via @knowsknothing from video from @fels0096)
Not exactly the right way to lead into a hit, especially with your opponent's back all but turned. (photo via @knowsknothing from video from @fels0096)

Last night, late in the third period, Zach Bogosian drove Pierre-Marc Bouchard face first into the boards behind the Jets nets. It certainly looks like a bad hit, and caused a significant injury, what with the blood that was left pooled along the floor on the way to the locker room.

Should this result in a suspension? According to sound logic and reason, probably. According to the wheel of justice, it is highly unlikely it ever happens. So very many reasons to suspend him, but all it takes is for one man to decide not to. The cycle of bad decisions likely continues here, but we'll go through the motions anyway.

After the jump, reasoning, and video.

The things that should lead to suspension for Bogosian:

  • A rule was broken
  • It is conduct they are trying to remove from the game
  • Bouchard's back is turned to Bogosian
  • Bogosian drives Bouchard face first into the boards anyway
  • Bogosian was given a five minute major and game misconduct
  • Bouchard left with an injury

These things normally result in a suspension. Of course, with the track record of the Department of Player Safety as of late, here are the reasons why Bogosian will not be suspended, and likely no hearing will even be held:

  • The hit happened against the Minnesota Wild
  • Bouchard is a goon, and likely deserved it
  • Sidney Crosby was not injured on the play

At this rate, I'll need to take tin foil hat making lessons from our Detroit fan friends. Do we have any Detroit fan friends?

Here is the video:


Wild feed:


Jets feed:

So, Wilderness, are you expecting any action from the league? If so, why? If not, do you think you will see any reason from the league?