What do the 2011-12 NHL season and The Essential Billy Joel have in common? Both are full of questionable hits. Yeah. Billy Joel sucks. Deal with it.
Anyway, here's another one of those questionable hits. Midway through the first period of Saturday's tilt between the New York Islanders and the Dallas Stars, Nino Neiderreiter was cutting through the neutral zone when Mark Fistric absolutely levelled him.
Problem was, unfortunately, the principle point of contact was the head. And Neiderreiter left the game with what appeared to be (and was later announced to be) a concussion. That's never good.
So will Fistric get suspended for this hit? It's up for debate. The fact that Neiderreiter was concussed doesn't bode well, but the fact that the hit went unpenalized does. There were six minutes of penalties handed out on the play: a minor to Fistric for roughing and a double minor to Matt Martin (for double roughing?), all from the scuffle after the hit. As far as the officials were concern...