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Video: Brad Marchand’s hit on R.J. Umberger

Posted By DJ Bean On March 16, 2011 @ 9:59 am In General | 14 Comments

People aren’t too happy about Brad Marchand‘s hit on R.J. Umberger in the second period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win. Some are even wondering whether Marchand could face discipline [1] despite not being called for a penalty. Take a look.

In the day and age of Rule 48, it’s no wonder such a hit is being scrutinized by fans. It falls right in line with the penalty, even if it wasn’t called:

48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard he might have left his feet with an elbow,” Umberger said, according to Puck-Rakers [2]. “That’s what it felt like. … You’ve got to think that’s one of the hits we are trying to eliminate, whether it’s inadvertent or not.”

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[1] could face discipline: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Brad-Marchand-8217-s-blindside-hit-irrit?urn=nhl-wp425

[2] according to Puck-Rakers: http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2011/03/_the_dirge_continued_to.shtml

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