Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith could be getting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Friday. (It’s unclear if they work on Good Friday, though)
Early in the second period of Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Smith caught forward Stefan Matteau with his head down in the middle of the ice and drilled him with a shoulder to the jaw.
Matteau was shaken up after the hit and briefly left the game, but he returned later. Smith was not penalized on the play.
There was plenty of debate on social media whether the hit was clean or not.
I'll say he was committed to the hit and Matteau was oblivious. But I no longer view blindside heads hits as clean https://t.co/pUTrYf9QQ2
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) March 25, 2016
If the chin was hit with any force, the head would have moved to Matteau left, head went down and to the right. https://t.co/Vi61aHirq5
— Mike Johnson (@mike_p_johnson) March 25, 2016