No Suspension For Connor Murphy

After a busy, albeit optional, practice on Monday, Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton told the media that defenseman Connor Murphy would be available on Tuesday night in Dallas; the NHL was reviewing his hit on Sunday but a suspension isn’t coming apparently.

9 thoughts on “No Suspension For Connor Murphy

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Proper call. Debatable if the match penalty was appropriate, but water under the bridge. He should not change his style of play. We need him.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Yep, hopefully no Hjalmarsson effect where getting a match penalty took some of the aggressive physical play out of Hammer’s game.

    I’m a proponent of harsher penalties for head shots and I’m also a proponent of discounting intentionality – if the victim’s head is impacted it’s a match penalty with games suspended ascending for repeat occurrences. Therefore I think the match penalty was warranted but also feel the decision for 0 days suspended is appropriate. Taking the intention aspect out of it, it looked to me that the first point of contact was the chest with the head contacted as part of the overall hit so for a non-repeat offender I think the league made the right call.

    Good to have him for the next game because the thought of going into a game with 4 rookie d-men is kinda scary.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Right call. Not a repeat offender.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Absolutely the right call on no suspension and also the right call on the ice

    Zero tolerance for hits to the head (whether intentional or not) is the right approach – Murphy did connect with his head and although it wasn’t immediately apparent it was on review

    I suspect if deHaan is still out they go with 7 D this game again

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    He didn’t deserve a suspension for that hit. Although to hear Pierre call it on Sunday you’d think the opposite. Replay showed he did not leave his feet to make it, though his momentum after it made it look that way.

    I couldn’t get the Chicago feed so I had to put up with that babbling moron. Nothing ruins a hockey broadcast quite like Pierre.

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    He saw Connor coming it was just a clean hard physical check !

  • March 8, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Great hit, shoulder to the chest. Defense men dream of this hit

  • March 9, 2021 at 11:29 am

    The plowing of both our goalies is more of a suspension hit.

  • March 9, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Watch in slow motion he never really made any contact with the head his back to upper chest

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