Hit On Nino Warrants Suspsension For Stars Defenseman
The Islanders won a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, and it can be termed hard fought for many reasons; the Isles saw a three-goal lead get washed away to a tie in the second period; Rick DiPietro pulled his groin, forcing Al Montoya to start the third period; the Stars kept coming back on the score board; and last but not least, Nino Niederreiter left the game with a concussion after a devastating hit from Stars defenseman, Mark Fistric.
Here is a video of the hit found on YouTube, courtesy of hockeyfightsdotcom:
Personally, I wasn't sure at first how I felt about the hit. It's easy to become defensive of the team you root for when you see a player go down like this and struggle to make his way off the ice; no one likes seeing anyone get hurt. But, as a blogger and a fan, I love the physical aspects of the game at the same time. Many times I disagree with so many of the rule changes and decisions made from those up top, simply because some of them have made the game, in my opinion, weaker. Don't even get me started on the topic of fighting. To avoid digression (or try to, at least), all I will say is that it has always been part of the game and always should be. Period.