Did Stars’ Hanzal deserve major he got for hit on Predators’ Weber?

Martin Hanzal would be given a five minute penalty for this headshot on Yannick Weber.

Dallas Stars forward Martin Hanzal received a five-minute interference penalty for a hit on Nashville Predators defenceman Yannick Weber midway through the opening period of Thursday’s game.

Weber remained on the ice as he was attended to by medical staff. He managed to skate off on his own but went straight to the locker room to be assessed.

The Stars managed to kill off the five-minute penalty.

There’s no question Hanzal made contact with Weber’s head—it was all shoulder even though he followed through with his elbow—yet the Stars centre, plus his teammates and head coach Ken Hitchcock, argued that since Weber was leaning forward reaching for the puck he put himself in a vulnerable position.

Watch the video at the top of the page and tell us what you think…

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