By Alexander Monaghan
On Saturday, Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty delivered a nasty blindside to the face, or notably the nose, of Pittsburgh Penguins d-man Kris Letang. The hit, which was one of the most discussed plays of the weekend, earned the top-line left wing a three-game suspension.
Before we move forward, here’s Brendan Shanahan to explain exactly why Max will sit out this entire calendar week.
Shanahan explains that Pacioretty delivered an illegal hit to the head of Letang. Despite the danger Letang put himself in by skating through the middle of the ice, Shanahan opines that no player should have their head become the principle contact of a hit. The onus was on Pacioretty to not make the hit to the head.
In addition, Pacioretty had the time to re-position himself in order to not hit Letang directly in the head. Shanahan would call his failure to make that adjustment ‘reckless’.
After the hit, Pacioretty sounded apologetic for his blunder. “I’m sorry...