However, this isn't a "Washington is great" article as much as it is a "shut up, Flyers fans" article. If that seems harsh, it's because the outrage seen on social media after Niskanen's hit tonight was ludicrous and demonstrates the lack of knowledge a lot people have when it comes to the NHL rule book. And when it comes to Philly, disbelief becomes a national emergency when one of their players is on the receiving end.
Matt Niskanen isn't known for his physical play as much as Orpik is, but he rattled Philly's Scott Laughton tonight with a thunderous check. Granted, Niskanen took a pretty solid hit from Wayne Simmonds along the boards, so perhaps he felt he needed to administer a little tit-for-tat. Regardless, here's the hit that Niskanen popped Laughton with, and it's a beauty!
Great hit, right? Personally, I see nothing wrong with it, but I want to break down some of the arguments made by unofficial members of the NHL Player Safety Department via their social media accounts. I say that in jest, but these people want Niskanen suspended when it's extremely clear that what Flyers fans are seeing is something the rest of the planet isn't seeing.
Was it a violent hit? Absolutely. The Flyers have ruled Laughton out indefinitely with an upper-body injury at this point, and GM Ron Hextall won't show any cards when it comes to what type of injury it is. But should it be a reviewable hit worthy of a suspension? Not in my books. Solid check, unfortunate results.
Hey, Laughton! Keep your head up, kid!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!