Midway through the second period, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome laid this hit on Anaheim Ducks rookie Devante Smith-Pelly:
Rome was given five minutes for elbowing and a 10-minute game misconduct. Smith-Pelly went to the locker room, but returned a short while later.
The hit did something for the Ducks as they would score three times in the following 10 minutes as part of a four-goal second period.
First question: How is that an elbowing call and not a charge?
In real time, it's one of those hits that's deceptive because it looks like an elbow because Rome follows through with it; but the initial contact was made with his shoulder.
Second question: Should Rome get a phone call from Brendan Shanahan?
We all remember Rome being suspended for the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final for his hit on Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins, so he's in "repeat offender" territory. But a suspendable offense?
You can debate whether or not it was late, but Rome gets his shoulder o...