Clean Hit. Why? No head shot. Morrow did not jump. Morrow did not use his elbow. The puck was recently in the area (about 0.7 seconds). Morrow did not take any strides (in the first 6 seconds of the video, which shows the hit). Kopitar was facing the direction opposite of which he was skating. Kopitar was bent over by his own power.
I do not understand how you could call this a dirty hit or charging. To insist this is a dirty hit is to insist every hit is a dirty hit. Maybe we should take checking out of the game, right Fathead100?
Checking someone is not against the rules. A lot of the top checkers in the league do it cleanly and safely most of the time (Cal Clutterbuck is one of those players). The onus on the checker all the time needs to cease. The checker is responsible for delivering the hit. The checker is not responsible for the fool that dove head first towards him. The checker is not responsible for the fool who skates backwards. The checker is not responsible for the fool who willingly bends over further than he needs to do anything other than kiss his own ass goodbye.
The fight was unnecessary. Kopitar put himself in a position to be injured. Not to get checked. You cannot put yourself in that position any more after you decide to play hockey (nature of the game). Richards deserved the extra penalties for fighting with his visor on. I say this because Richards is the one who started fight. He had plenty of opportunity to drop his stick and take off his gloves and helmet. He had as much time to do that as he wanted to take to reach Morrow. He has no reason to complain about the additional penalty.
Checking belongs in the game. It is the stupid reasons for fighting and stupid ways fights are getting started that needs to end. Don't start pummeling someone simply because your teammate put himself in a bad position and paid the price for it. Don't start pummeling someone simply because your teammate dove to draw a penalty (Bruins 2011, I am looking at you). If your teammate is tied up with 1 (one) person, don't help out your teammate. There is no honor in you or your teammate restraining someone as the other wails on him. If someone turtles or falls down to the ice unconscious, leave them alone. All you are doing is hurting yourself and your team. Be a man! Take off those gloves! Take off those helmets! Drop your sticks! Face his face! Swing! Be a man! Fight like a man! Don't cower behind a teammate or linesmen! Don't attack someone from behind! Be. A. Man.
Great clean hit!! Its ridiculous that anyone voted for Richards. Morrow held up on Richards because he could have destroyed him if he wanted to. Clifford too!! Glad to see the little girl Kopitar get run over.
Morrow smokes Kopitar with a great hit...then comes the obligatory fight.
I get the two minutes for starting a fight even though the hit was clean. I don't get the 10 and Game at all. COME ON SHANAHAN!
USA hockey has dropped into this mode too. No fighting allowed at all. We are headed back to the day when all of our good players come only from Canada.
You can bet that the OHL hasn't banned fighting.
The real enforcer mode is to take a number and get him later and avoid the penalties or find a Dallas "STAR" and smoke him when the opportunity arises.
No real punches landed. Richards sort of sticks up for his mate but he may have lost the fight too.
Draw - cannot see it any other way.I think that this is a classic example of a draw. Too many people think that when a player's helmet comes off, that it automatically is a negative for the player losing the bucket. Then, as the player fights, they defensively, keep their exposed head area, away from any punches, AND in too many cases award a win to the other fighter misinterpreting it as aggression. Just a thought because I am sure that their will be "a "Win" for Richards or Morrow, when that is not the case here.