There’s something about shattering glass that makes a hit seem so much more exceptional than it really is. For instance, Milan Lucic’s hip check on Mike Van Ryn of the Leafs was pretty standard. Sure, it was well-timed and unleashed with incredible force while Van Ryn was a sitting duck, but it wouldn’t be much more than a monster hit had the glass not broken. But with the glass shattering, err, exploding, this easily has become a nominee for NHL hit of the year. A must see:
I heard one announcer say that hit would be in highlight reels for the next ten years. He was right. Man, was that precious! Too bad the Bruins blew their 2-0 lead and lost 4-2. Bet you didn’t even know the final score nor cared.