Originally written on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 10/25/14

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Bill Guerin #13, Mark Eaton #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a third period goal against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on October 3, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In a race for the puck during the second period, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang knew he was going to be hit and decided to initiate contact first.  Letang absolutely leveled New York Islanders forward John Tavares with this hit using his back, sending him almost parallel with the ice.  I think that Letang’s hit was a bit questionable, especially since neither of them had control of the puck.  You could argue that Letang was guilty of interference since he ignored the puck and prevented Tavares from getting to it.  Regardless of that, Letang’s hit was a massive one. [NHL.com]
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