Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 10/5/13

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 21: 38th overall pick, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 21, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
Nashville lost to the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Friday night, but the main story of the game was not on the scoreboard, but instead an incident during the second period. Halfway into the second period, Nashville was trailing Colorado 2-0. Colorado’s Matt Duchene skated the puck into the Nashville zone, but was quickly knocked off of it as the puck trickled back to the end boards. Nashville’s Roman Josi then recovered the puck and, as he turned to take it up ice, Colorado’s Steve Downie came barreling in and mowed Josi over. You can judge for yourself by watching the following video, but it appears that Downie’s skates left the surface of the ice before his left shoulder made contact with Josi’s head. Rule 48.1 defines an illegal check to the head as a “hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, inc...
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