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Taylor Hall takes out Cal Clutterbuck’s knee with dirty hit (Video)

Taylor-Hall-hit-Cal-ClutterbuckEdmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall threw a vicious hit on Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Hall is awaiting a disciplinary hearing with NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon, but there has been no shortage of cries for the 21-year-old to be suspended from those who watched the play live or have seen the replay.

The puck was clearly bouncing away from Clutterbuck, and Hall sized him up and followed through with the collision anyway. It initially looked like a knee-on-knee hit, but upon viewing the replay it appears that Hall did hit Clutterbuck with his hip. However, that simple fact does not make the hit clean.

To me, it appears obvious that Hall at least leaned out and led with his knee — regardless of whether or not it was his knee that made contact with Clutterbuck’s lower body. The play was dangerous, and we’ve seen Shanahan suspend players for far less. Hall has a reputation for being a tough young kid (photo evidence here) and is not known as a dirty player by any means, but the league needs to make an example of him here. Those are the types of plays that shorten careers. There’s no place in hockey for a hit like that.

Taylor Hall’s Face and Eye Looks Gnarly After Being Cut by Skate (Picture)

Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall was cut in the face by a teammate’s skate during pregame warmups on Tuesday night and missed the game. If you weren’t sure how bad the damage was, the picture above should confirm things.

The Oilers also shared this quote from Hall, “I’m feeling better. I’d like to thank our trainers & the Columbus medical staff.”

Train tracks in the forehead, a black eye … just the typical hockey life. It might not be as bad as Darryl Boyce’s nose, but at least it’s better than Anze Kopitar’s injury. Let’s hope he returns quickly.

Picture Credit: Edmonton Oilers
H/T LBS contributor A. Liu

Taylor Hall Takes a Skate to the Face During Warmups (Video)

There have been plenty of instances of pulled hamstrings and tweaked muscles during hockey warmups, but never can I remember someone taking a teammate’s skate to the face.  Unfortunately, that happened this week.  While the Edmonton Oilers were getting loose before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, forward Taylor Hall fell and went sliding across the ice along the boards.  He took down teammate Ladislav Smid in the process, which forced Corey Potter to have to try to hurdle both of them instead of skating into them.  In hindsight, he should have just stayed on his feet. Check out this video that Puck Daddy shared with us:

Luckily it sounds like Hall avoided serious injury.  Rather than going to the hospital he was stitched up by a plastic surgeon in the dressing room.  He still had to be scratched from the game.  We’ve seen guys take pucks to the face or the side of the head before, but a guy taking a skate to the face during warmups is a new concept.  Let’s hope it becomes an old one, too.