Rich Clune assessed boarding major for hit on Penguins’ Scuderi

Newly signed Toronto Maple Leafs forward Rich Clune didn’t waste any time making an impact for the team that decided to promote him from the the AHL this week. It just wasn’t exactly the impact he was hoping for.

Clune was running around early, and probably could’ve been called for a boarding penalty earlier in the period for a questionable hit on Ben Lovejoy. Late in the initial frame Clune finally crossed the line, catching Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi in the numbers and into the boards. 

The referees assessed Clune with a boarding major. You can bet that this hit will be looked at closely by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

  • Harte of a Lion

    Scuderi Turned away from the hit. Maybe Clune was a bit over enthusiastic but the player receiving the hit has a responsibility on the play as well. If it is a shoulder to shoulder hit there is no penalty but Scuderi might have had his bell rung.

  • Meathead25

    I cannot recall how many times I was told as a player to NEVER turn my back on an incoming player.

    ALWAYS try to get shoulder to shoulder, or take it in the chest, because getting pile-driven into the boards face first is NEVER pleasant.