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Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:43 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 2:57 pm

By Brian Stubits

Deryk Engelland of the Pittsburgh Penguins delivered a pretty reckless hit on Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger. It was a game-changing play in that the only penalty that resulted was an instigator penalty on Chicago's John Scott for the ensuing fight with Engelland. The Penguins scored on the ensuing penalty and won the game 3-2.

Well it took a couple of days, but Engelland was punished after all.

Department of Player Safety head Brendan Shanahan announced on Thursday that Engelland will be suspended three games for the hit. Here is his customary video.

This was one of the most clean-cut and easiest calls Shanahan has had so far. The explanation video is brief and doesn't give much in the way of a defense for Engelland at all.

The overriding factors are easy to see. Engelland launched himself off the ice to make the hit. More egregious was the fact that he finished the hit so high that his hands were elevated well above his own head on the follow through. Shanahan notes that Engelland had Kruger lined up for what could have been a clean hit but instead rose off the ice and made the head the principle point of the contact.

Also important to note for Shanahan is the fact that Kruger was diagnosed with a concussion. Whether you think it is right or not, injuries are taken into consideration for Shanahan on his judgments.

I think only the blindest of Penguins homers can complain about this decision. The baffling part is that the referees didn't make the call on the ice and it hamstrung the Blackhawks. It resulted in a quiet and obviously angry locker room after the game and has led to Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews preaching music to almost every hockey fan's ears in his disdain for the instigator penalty.

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:52 pm

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Engelland's going to need the 3 games for his head to clear up after Scott bloodied him.


He was back the next period, nice try. 

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:54 am

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Engelland's going to need the 3 games for his head to clear up after Scott bloodied him. Engelland was holding on for dear life and the refs had to come in and save him from a worse beating. The appropriate penalty should be for John Scott to sign with the Rangers in the offseason, and let him destroy Macintyre and Engelland 6 times a year. Scott is best fighter in league hands down. Go to and find 1 NHL fight he lost, you can't. He's a beast, Engelland, get your head clear for 3 games.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:39 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:51 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:16 pm

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Not sure it was a pre-meditated eveil intention hit, he was coming across and had a chance to lay a big hit... as a proud Penguin fan when it happened, I was stoked... he railed him... then the fight ensues and I am pulling for Engie...

Kudos to Scott for stepping up and taking care of business as he should have... the instigator... ehhh... think that was a bit of a BS call... the unwritten rules of hockey make that a have to happen... not an instigator...

The issue I have with the hit, yes he left his feet, but that is not the issue... it was the arms and hands coming up through the head once the hit was delivered... Engie needs to know better...

As for the suspension... come on 3 games??? crazy... should have been a 2 minute penalty, charging/roughing... maybe a double minor for the charging and then add a highstick/roughing... not a match penalty and certainly not a suspension... he did hit his body and then the hands came up... no targeting of the head...

Shanahan needs to think these things through... it is not the result of the hit... it is the hit itself!!! 

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:07 pm

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

I don't agree that it was a dirty hit.  Too often everybody throws around the word "DIRTY" to what justfy you're argument.  It was a bad decesion on Engellend's part.  He played the player with the puck, to bad kruger was already engaged with Dupis.  Good teammate bad decesion.  The league got their point across with the 3 games.  Now let's move on!    All, and stop with the word dirty cause that was by far not a dirty play. 

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:26 am

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Can't really complain about this. The hit was just as dirty as what that broken-necked jackass paciorrety did to letang. the pens are continually victims of cheap shots, and it sucks, but when the tables are turned, can't complain.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:18 am

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

While I agree with most of your posts in this thread I disagree with the split second comment. Engelland was lining him up the instant he looked over at the coverage and made a move to help with that coverage. He had NO intent on playing the puck and there was plenty of time for him to decide NOT to go for the head and not leave his feet. He saw the play developing from th blue line (actually outside) and knew from there how the play was going to develop. He never once considered playing the puck or, like previously stated, a hip check.

While I understand the frustration of the grey area by inconsistancy of suspensions, and agree there needs to be some black & white, I think I would have been happier with 4 or 5 games for this. Soley on the fact that, to me, it looks completely intentional. Kruger even came up at the last second and was still hit in the head. If he went down that would be a different story. The fact that he came up and was hit in the head tells me that Engelland was head hunting in this case. Is he a dirty player? I don't think so but it only takes one instance to change that perception.   

Sorry but the fact that he exploded up is what makes me feel a longer suspension is needed. Maybe if it was a repeat offender it would have been 4 or 5 but every NHL player has had this drilled in to them about how the league is going to protect it's players and there is no excuse for this action.

BTW I also believe they need to examin the helmet policy. I don't want shots to the head, yes I love hockey and physical hockey, but I want to players to be able to play too. Hockey helmets were not designed to prevent concussions, they are cheap flimsy plastic that most where just to say they have a helmet on. Trust me, I know how athletes where as little as they can just to get by the rules, I did it too. They need to set a standard on what is an acceptable helmet.      

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:46 pm

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

Derryk Engelland rocks. Watched him in junior and was a hard nosed, stay at home d-man. Paid his dues all the way up and now he is a full time gamer in the big show. Dirty hit, but solid player. He will learn from this.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:43 pm

Pens' Deryk Engelland suspended three games

That's a great point on the lost art of the hip check.  Executed properly, the hip check is devastating since the opponent is usually unprepared for it.  While I am the farthest thing from a Wings fan, the hit by Kronwall on Kesler last night was more of a hip (or @ss) check than anything. 

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