The Chicago Blackhawks - Vancouver Canucks rivalry intensified on Feb. 19th thanks to a controversial hit from Jannik Hansen to the back of Marian Hossa' head. The play, seen below, featured both men trying to grab a puck out of the air, only to have Hansen's elbow collide violently into Hossa's head.
Was the elbow from Hansen intentional? Should the NHL hand out a suspension or a fine for the incident? Perhaps most importantly, will this blow to the head sideline Hossa?
Just when you thought the Chicago - Vancouver rivalry had enough talking points, another major debate begins thanks to yet another controversial hit.
Let's examine the play as best we can. Both men are reaching for the puck. As Hansen extends his arm forward, his elbow swings out, a bit late, catching Hossa squarely in the noodle. As you might imagine, Chicago fans cried foul and Vancouver fans claimed it was just an accident.
It's almost impossible to judge intent in a situation like this. The play h...