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Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

Posted on: May 21, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 6:01 pm
San Jose Sharks forward Jamie McGinn will not face supplementary discipline for a check that forced Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome out of Game 3 of conference finals on Friday night.

“I’m getting ready to play tomorrow,” McGinn said. “I think I looked at the hit 100 times. I can’t stress enough that I don’t want to hurt anyone. I hope for a quick recovery for Rome. It’s too bad he got hurt on the play. I was closing, I tried to slow up and I hit him with my left shoulder. It’s just one of those freak accidents where he hit his head on the glass.”

The NHL announced that McGinn had a hearing Saturday, but opted not to suspend McGinn. He received a boarding penalty and his second game misconduct of the playoffs. His was not subject to an automatic suspension since his game misconduct, called in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings, was for charging. Friday's penalty (boarding) is in a different class of penalty, so he was not considered a repeat offender.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn't comment on the lack of a suspension of McGinn, but Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa hinted that McGinn deserved something.

"Obviously my opinion doesn't matter a whole lot," he siad. "You just look at the injury that happened from the play, and obviously Aaron was pretty banged up after that hit. The league did what they felt they had to do, I guess." 

Rome and fellow Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff were not on the ice for practice on Saturday, although several others were missing since it was an optional skate. Rome, who had to be helped off the ice after the hit from McGinn in the third period, may have suffered a concussion, while Ehrhoff -- who went down earlier in the game after a (non-penalized) hit from McGinn -- suffered an upper-body injury.

"He pulled up and came across the ice, so I just finished my check," McGinn said of the Ehrhoff collision. "It was shoulder to shoulder."

Vigneault refused to discuss the status of either player.

The injuries to the blue line will likely mean the return of both Andrew Alberts and Keith Ballard, although the team also flew in rookie defenseman Chris Tanev to San Jose Saturday morning. Ehrhoff, who is the Canucks' top scoring defenseman in the playoffs (11 points), will be especially tough to replace. 

Ballard played in 65 regular-season games, but has not seen time since Game 2 of the second round. Alberts has played in three playoff games.

“I haven’t been told yet, but this is an exciting opportunity,” Ballard said. “I’ve been sitting for a couple weeks and it’s been tough watching and not being able to contribute.”

Viegnault said Tanez was brought in to give the team a healthy seventh defenseman.

“It’s playoffs and it’s faster, tougher and more physical,” said Tanev, who was with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose before they were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this month. “If I get the chance, great. If not, I’ll be rooting the guys on.”

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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 3:36 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

auglex..youre calling vancouver the dirty team and saying they wont win the cup..youre talking about hits from another series..listen..every team does it, and newsflash..canucks will win this year..and i'm not a canuck fan..but mcginn was the one who has 2 majors in playoffs..hes the puss who wont fight anyone tough and stand up

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:21 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

If you watch NHL Network, VS, and read this article like I did, how could not have seen the hit that many times?  Im entitled to my opinion right?  I dont think it was that malicious of a hit.  Any yes, maybe calling Torres the second dirtiest player in the NHL is marginally a stretch, but if he isnt, he most definetly is in the running for that title.  And yes, Cooke is obviously numero uno.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:17 am

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

why would you look at the vid 10-15 times if it was so convincing?

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:08 am

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

The seabrook hit was legal....apparently.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:04 am

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

Since I'm probably going to get asked who is worse - Matt Cooke (I'm guessing this was your number 1?), Chris Pronger with at least 5 or 6 suspension over his career and many many dirty plays that didnt result in suspensions, Trevor Gilles 19 games suspended and has only played 54 games in the league, Scott Nichol for you Sharks fans, he's got like 6 suspensions and quite a few cheap shots, Steve Ott, Jarkko Ruutu, Jordan Tootoo, Sean Avery etc....

People are saying it wasnt in the numbers and they are right, he only hit one of the two numbers on Rome's back, and that is still a hit from behind however; the hit on Rome in some sense is boarderline, players need to be smart and get their shoulders perpendicular to the boards.  Having said that, he had his back to McGinn a fair bit before the hit, and McGinn doesnt slow down at all, despite what he said.  At this point if you hit a guy from behind (even if he does the stupid thing and turns) it's and penalty, and in many cases a suspension (in this case I think the misconduct was enought).  As far as I'm concerned the Eager hit was far worse for more than one reason and he should have been suspended. 

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:55 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

ask brent seabrook about how "legal" his hit was...or how troy brouwer got elbowed  with 2 seconds left in a period by a nuck d-man who didnt even look at the puck

van is all about the hitting ...which is fine until you go head hunting...they dont play the puck..ever..thats why they wont win the cup...dirty teams dont win..only the 75

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:32 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

Torres as the second dirtiest player in the league might be one of the most ignorant sports comments I've heard in my entire life, you sir are a moron.

Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:42 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

The Canucks have had the second dirtiest player in the league (Torres) escape suspension a couple times this playoffs for far worse injury intending hits, so if I was a Canuck (looking at you Bieska), I would keep my big mouth shut!  And Ive seen this hit 10-15 times now, and Im still not convinced McGinn deserved a game for that, and Im not so sure he even deserved a two minute penalty.  He turned Rome and checked him legally, and the guy bounced his head off the glass, its just bad luck.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:37 pm

Sharks' McGinn not suspended for boarding Rome

What are we playing basketball here? This is hockey,'s fast and tough. If every time we see something like this where the intent is obviously not to hurt the other player, and was an accident, we are going to eventually be watching an ice capades version of the NBA, where you can't touch another player.

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