Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has never shied away from physical play. Often, the bruising blueliner looks to make a statement with a big hit. After the check he delivered on Minnesota Wild winger Jason Pominville, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety may want to make a statement of their own.
With the Jets leading by a goal late in Sunday’s game, Pominville carried the puck into the Winnipeg zone. He way met along the boards — and tripped — by Byfuglien. As Pominville got to his knees, Byfuglien delivered a bodycheck to the winger, driving Pominville’s head into the boards.
Byfuglien was given a minor for boarding on the play by referees Marc Joannette and Kyle Rehman.
One of the on-ice officials allegedly took particular exception to the hit, as head in the verbal exchange below (warning: language):
While Pominville was able to return to the game, Byfuglien’s hit was a particularly dangerous one. We’ll await word from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on just how dangerous – and suspension-worthy – they feel it was. Byfuglien’s been suspended before. In April, he missed four games for cross-checking New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller.