While it was far from the Raffi Torres hit from a few days ago, and he doesn’t quite have the reputation that would punishment until the end of time, Leo Komarov might not get away with a hit that he threw on PK Subban in the first period of the season opener.
Komarov received a boarding penalty on the play, and didn’t even put the Leafs on the penalty kill; Devante Smith-Pelly, noticing that Subban was worse for wear, came to his teammate’s defence and evened up the offenses.
With that said, if we take off our blue-tinted glasses, it’s not hard to see that this is the type of hit that the NHL is looking to get rid of. It’s away from the play, it’s a hit from behind, it’s to the boards, and Komarov spent way too much time chasing him. Leo is one of my favourite characters in the league, but if I’m the NHL, I’m looking at this one long and hard.
Subban spent lots of time testing his knee after the hit, but stayed in the game, which currently sees the Leafs down 1-0 after twenty minutes.
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