Vigneault: Byfuglien hit ‘violent, deliberate’

Watch as Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien delivers a brutal cross check to Rangers centre J. T. Miller, which Alain Vigneault called one of the most vicious of the year.

It was only two days ago that Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien proved once again why he brings a completely unique set of tools to hockey.

He was all over the place with Chicago Blackhawks literally bouncing off the physical American and he scored two goals, one a booming shot from the point.

Tuesday was an example of how he can be a bit of an enigma.

Late in the second period Byfuglien cross-checked Rangers forward J.T. Miller in the back of the head. The 30-year-old Byfuglien disguised it as a consequence of falling, but there’s no denying he drilled a completely defenseless player on the ice for no reason.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault certainly didn’t hide his disdain for the play when talking with the media after the game.

“(It was) violent, deliberate, could have broken his neck,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it was one of the most vicious cross-checks I’ve seen this year.”

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