VIDEO: John Moore ejected for hit on Dale Weise in Game 5
Rangers defenseman John Moore was given a match penalty and will likely get more for his hit on Dale Weise in Game 5 on Tuesday.
We might have a new leader for worst hit of the postseason and if you're John Moore, that's not good news.
With Montreal ahead 6-4, the Canadiens were flying through the neutral zone to try and keep the puck in the Rangers end. About a half second after Weise dumped the puck in, Moore hit a vulnerable Weise and hit him high, sending the Canadiens forward sprawling to the ice.
You know it wasn't a good hit when even the offender's head coach, in this case Alain Vigneault, says as much after the game.
"The league will do what it has to do," Vigneault said. "I think he was penalized on the ice. John is definitely not the type of player to try to hurt someone, but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the ice."
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien agreed.
"I thought it was the right call on the ice," Therrien said. "We all saw it. We all saw it on the ice and saw the different angle on the TV after the game. They'll decide what they're going to do after."
The hit, as mentioned in the video, had a somewhat similar look to Brandon Prust's hit on Derek Stepan that resulted in a two-game suspension but with a couple of differences. This one was late but didn't seem to be as late as Prust's. Also, this one seemed to pick the head much more of Weise than Prust did on Stepan (though the latter did result in a broken jaw for Stepan).
To put it another way: just like Prust, Moore is going to get a call from the NHL on this hit and is very likely looking at a suspension. That was about as bad as hits get in the open ice. The NHL confirmed after the game that Moore is lined up for some more discipline.
Rangers defenseman John Moore will have a hearing Wednesday for an Illegal Check to the Head of Montreal forward Dale Weise.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 28, 2014
Moore was given a five-minute major for the hit and a match penalty. Weise, meanwhile, temporarily left the game but did return to the bench before the game finished as a 7-4 Canadiens win.
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