As we expected last night, Alex Burrows has been suspended for 3 games for his hit to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.
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Vancouver’s Alex Burrows has been suspended for 3 games for his hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin. Video: http://t.co/jazF5RQ7US
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 31, 2014
Here’s the play in question, in case you haven’t yet seen the play:
And the most incriminating frame:
This isn’t really a controversial opinion, but Burrows’ suspension is well deserved. He doesn’t have a history of headhunting, and this is actually his first NHL suspension, but the hit was late and he caught Emelin in the head. It was an easy suspension to hand out.
Here’s what we said last night:
Emelin would return to action to start the third period, but let’s be straight up with ourselves here: it was a dirty hit. It was late, it was to Emelin’s head, and while it didn’t appear to cause anything more than a stinger, it’s interference at the very least, and a probable rule 48 violation. Although there was no penalty on the play, there absolutely should have been and Burrows does deserve to be suspended. Send out the Sixtito Signal, since they’re going to need a replacement.
By the looks of things, the Canucks fully expected to be without Burrows as he skated earlier today playing defense with Ryan Stanton. He will be eligible to return Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.