In last night's game Anaheim Duck Mike Brown crushed Red Wing Jiri Hudler.
For his actions Brown was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
It's a fairly polarizing hit. The Ducks are claiming it was a clean hit. The Red Wings are saying it was dirty and vicious.
Frankly watching it at game speed I thought it looked clean too. To me it was no worse than a Scott Stevens hit. If those were clean, then Brown's was clean.
I was wrong though. Look at the video from CBC .
Here's more proof.
Brown's forearm is level with Hudler's head.
Brown & Hudler 1
Brown & Hudler 2
The end of Brown's stick and his hand are in Hudler's face.
Brown & Hudler 3
And Brown's follow through, that shows intent to injure.
Brown & Hudler 4
Brown & Hudler 5
Many are comparing this hit to Donald Brashear's hit on Blair Betts in the first round. They're similar, Brashear's was a tad later, but not quite the same. Brasher received a six-game suspension his actions, and yet Brown won't receive any more punishment for his.
Also, many people say a player should keep his head up. I understand that. Yet the player doing the hitting should be responsible too. Brown could've delivered a hip check .