Today after a hearing by the NHL, Colin Campbell ruled that Hossa will not be suspended for his on Nashville's Dan Humhuis.
This is the correct call.
The NHL has been wildly inconsistent such as with Cooke's hit on Savard but this one is right.
Now everyone is complaining about how his hit is EXACTLY like Ovechkin's on Brian Campbell. This is not at all the same. The only thing that was similar between these two was the fact that it happened to a defender in a race for the puck below the goal line. That is where the similarities end.
Now let's look at the key differences:
1. Ovechkin hit Campbell square in the numbers. Hossa hit him on the side. Watch the angle from behind them, it was barely on the back.
2. Ovechkin put his full force into it. Hossa gave him a slight push.
3. Ovechkin is known to pull this type of stuff before in just this season. (Boarding on Kaleta and Knee to Knee on Gleason)
4. The game misconduct he received for hitting Campbell was his third, and three game misconducts in the season, a game suspension is automatic. (Rule 23.3)
Hossa by no means is a dirty player. You can call him a mercenary or whatever as he has played for four teams in three seasons now and is chasing the Stanley Cup as well as the money but that does not make him cheap, dirty, etc. Anyone who says different is insane.
The most confusing part in these comparisons for me is the fact that no one has brought up the fact Ovechkin got absolutely demolished by Craig Adams of Pittsburgh a few months back. If you do not know what I am talking about, watch this:
But you know what happened on that play? NOTHING. No penalty. No Suspension. Everyone just moved right along because it is Ovechkin who got hit. Who Cares?
In my opinion this play was 100X worse than Ovechkin or Hossa's by far. Craig Adams clearly saw the opportunity to crush Ovechkin and took it. There was no reason at all for Adams to hit someone who is reaching for the puck like that. Also notice that they were a solid 10 feet from the boards yet he ends up going headfirst and on top of it get absolutely crushed by Adams running into him while he is already against the boards.
But back to the point on Hossa, now maybe he deserved a game misconduct maybe not that is the referee's call and he clearly felt that this situation did not warrant it. All I know is that Nashville blew it. Just over a minute to go and you got a power play with one of their best players off the ice and you let them score to tie it. And then in overtime you have another four minutes of power play and you still do not score.
NHL may be inconsistent but this one is right.