Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 2/20/13

DALLAS - APRIL 15: Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks works the puck in front of the Dallas Stars bench during the first overtime period of game three of the 2007 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals at American Airlines Center on April 15, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1 in the first overtime. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
During last night's game, Vancouver Canuck forward Jannik Hansen hit Chicago Blackhawk forward Marian Hossa's in the head  with this dirty hit. This play needs to be reviewed by the department of players safety. There is no doubt that this hit and should have been more than a two minute minor penalty, in my opinion. Rule 48 - Illegal Check to the Head 48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – 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, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.
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