Chris Kunitz Cross-checks Simeon Varlamov; Suspension to Follow?
Bush-league play like this ought to have no place in hockey, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But alas, it does happen. Goalies are attacked in ways that should always be stiffly punished, whether it’s thorough a crushing body-check or suspension. But the Penguins’ Chris Kunitz has yet to receive either for this hit to the clavicle-area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov, which looks to be for pretty much no reason other than to either distract or injure him.
It’s hard to notice in real time, so the replays zoom in and slow it down for us. Watch as Kunitz takes his stick right to the point where Varlamov’s neck and left shoulder meet. There’s nothing in the video to suggest Kunitz’s actions were accidental. It’s a deliberate act that clearly warrants at least a fine, if not a suspension for one game or more. Someone at DayWalk3r Productions noticed this, so hopefully the league will too.
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