Jordin Tootoo received a major penalty and a game misconduct for "charging" St. Louis defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in tonight's 3-0 loss to the Blues, a call which will presumably bring a review by the NHL for possible supplementary discipline.
Here's the video from YouTube courtesy of user NHLArchive:
The St. Louis broadcasters, of course, take the homer perspective. As Barry Trotz said in the post-game press conference, however, Tootoo didn't take a stride from the top of the circles in, he didn't leave his feet, and he hit Colaiacovo shoulder-to-shoulder. But since the Blues defenseman went down, and stayed down, the referees made a reaction call, and when they saw #22, they piled on the extras.
If that occurs with most players in the league, that play gets included in the highlights as rough & tumble hockey, but Tootoo draws attention from the officials even though he has brought a great deal of discipline to his game in recent years.
So I ask you - do you think this hit will result in a suspension? I'm not asking should it, because frankly you can make a very strong argument that no penalty at all should have resulted from the play. But do you think Colin Campbell will drop the hammer on him?
Do you think Jordin Tootoo will be suspended for his hit on Carlo Colaiacovo tonight?
No (204 votes)
Yes (143 votes)
347 total votes