The Chicago Blackhawks had six players go to Vancouver for the Olympics; now they’re playing like they’re in the Special Olympics. See what I did there? The ‘hawks have now drawn their second suspension from an opposing player within a week; this time it’s James Wisniewski of the Anaheim Ducks, who will be suspended for eight games for a broadside hit on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook.
The irony of the play is that Seabrook delivered almost the exact same hit on Anaheim’s Corey Perry seconds earlier. That hit neither drew a penalty in the game, nor any sort of action from the NHL office. While Wisniewski’s effort was certainly more badass than Seabrook’s (and probably a charge, since Seabrook didn’t have the puck), that’s not an 8-game hit. Chicago’s listing Seabrook as day-to-day, which could probably be said about half the guys in the league at this time of year. Video and more after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »