It’s always great when you see a hard, clean hit in the NHL. However, it’s even better when a referee is involved.
Philadelphia's 5-1 victory last night over Washington didn’t see the games biggest hit come from a Flyers or Capitals’ player. Instead, the collision by Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and a referee was the hit people were talking about.
As you can see in the video, Timonen is trying to cycle the puck down in the Capitals‘ zone, while the referee is trying to clean up the ice by picking up a broken stick. The ref tries to leap out of Timonen’s way, but instead cold-clocks him with a shoulder, that sends Timonen hard to the ice.
First things first, you can clearly see the official leave the ice to make the hit. If NHL’s chief on player discipline, Brendan Shanahan, is going to suspend players for leaving the ice to make a hit then he has to come down hard on this official.
Maybe the referee wasn’t trying to get out of his way. You never know, he might have had a personal grudge against Timonen for something in the past. That hit may have been a way to score some payback.
All kidding aside, this was just an accident that thankfully resulted with no one getting hurt.
With the influx of concussions in the NHL, this hit could have resulted in another talented player missing a significant amount of time. Instead, what we are left with is a hilarious video that will be shown in a continuous loop with other great hockey bloopers.