Originally written March 22, 2013 on Puck Drunk Love:
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash leveled Tomas Kopecky in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Nash sped toward an unsuspecting Kopecky, left his feet, extended his arm and struck Kopecky in the back of the helmet.  Despite no penalty being called on the play, most hockey analysts believed Nash was due for some NHL discipline. Think again. Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the NHL won't punish Nash for his controversial hit.  Remember, this is the type of hit the NHL is trying to remove from the game - a hit where a player goes out of his way to strike an opponent in the head. The NHL has stated, repeatedly, that they will punish any hit where there's intent to injure.  Well, almost every hit.  Puck Daddy offered their opinion as to why Nash escaped discipline, but even their reasons seem to be a bit of a stretch. Arguing the point of contact when the hitter leaps from his feet to initiate contact should be a pretty moot point. The fa...
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