Gabriel Landeskog, please report to the principal’s office. When you get there, stand in the back of the line…
The latest in a string of headshots comes to us courtesy of Gabriel Landeskog’s left elbow. The Avalanche forward used it for a high hit on Ducks forward Corey Perry late in Sunday night’s game.
Landeskog was given a two-minute minor for charging on the play by referee Mike Leggo. While Landeskog glided in before making the hit, he clearly left his feet and drove upward as contact was made along the boards. From the NHL rulebook:
Rule 42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on any player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner.
Perry appeared to be uninjured; he skated to the bench on his own. With only 20 seconds to play, both players’ respective nights were over. The now-shorthanded Avs also lost their chance at a comeback, playing down a man for what little time remained.
Gabe Landeskog is such a good hockey player. Not sure why he continues to include stupid/dirty hits in his repertoire.
— Jen LC (@RegressedPDO) November 3, 2014
Unlike the recently-suspended Andrew Ference (three games) and Anton Volchenkov (four games), Landeskog does not have a history with the Department of Player Safety and is not considered a repeat offender.
You Make The Call: How many games should Landeskog get?