Let’s go ahead and start this out by saying Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry is almost certainly going to get suspended for the hit in the video above.
During Tuesday night’s contest, Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker was chasing the puck into his own zone and moved to pass the puck to a teammate. As he moved to gather the puck, Perry flew into Zucker and hit him hard in the head with his right elbow. Zucker’s head snapped back and he collapsed to the ice.
Zucker was motionless on the ice for a long time as trainers attended to him. Perry was ejected, given a game misconduct penalty and a five-minute interference major.
There is almost no way Perry avoids a suspension from the NHL’s head disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan. That hit was clearly dirty and the initial contact point was the head. Perry’s awful decision will likely deprive the Ducks of one of their best players for a while.
Here’s hoping Zucker is alright.