Following Henrik Lundqvist’s so-called “going Hextall” on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Saturday night, we offer video of that incident (with not entirely impartial commentary by MSG TV), as well as Carey Price’s famous almost-fight with St. Louis’s Cam Janssen last January. Both awesome videos.
Price was the author of his own misfortune, without a doubt. Janssen even tries to avoid him, even leaping, before running out of room, and Price might have been fortunate that Roman Hamrlik raced into the fray; Janssen arrived at the Bell Centre with 104 penalty minutes in his 30 games that season and might have mopped the ice with the Habs goalie. Then again…
As for Lundqvist, you can see Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky give Pacioretty a shove into the New York goalie. Pacioretty, admittedly coming with a full head of steam, raises an arm to Lundqvist from his back as if to claim the collision wasn’t his fault – just before the goalie dives on him and begins pounding with his blocker with the Canadien in a vulnerable position.
The Rangers emerged from this on the power play: Pacioretty received four minutes: two for roughing and two for closing his hand on the puck while trying to control a rebound of Habs captain Brian Gionta’s original shot. Lundqvist, Dubinsky and Gionta got two each for roughing.
Which raises the judgment call that wasn’t made. Read NHL Rule 51.3 as posted here and discuss: should Lundqvist have received a match penalty for punching Pacioretty while wearing his blocker glove?