NHL suspends Aaron Rome for four games.

by Anthony Travalgia, http://www.thehubofhockey.net

Canucks defensemen Aaron Rome was suspended for the remainder of the Cup Finals after a late hit on Nathan Horton

Along with Nathan Horton, Canucks defensemen Aaron Rome will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Finals, but at least Rome knew where he was after he laid out Horton with a vicious late hit.

A few minutes into Monday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Rome used his shoulder to strike the head of Horton; a good two seconds after Horton sent a pass to the stick of line-mate Milan Lucic.

Rome was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.

It was an ugly thing to watch as Horton was down on the ice, squirming in pain. It was later announced that after the hit Horton thought he still was in Vancouver. No. 18 spent the night at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is feeling better.

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy was the one who handed out the four-game suspension.

“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision, the hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.” said Murphy

If the series fails to go seven-games, the suspension will carry-over into the 2011-12 regular season.

The hit seemed to rally the Bruins, as they went on to score eight goals in their Game 3 victory, a game in which the Bruins won one for Horton.

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Posted on June 7, 2011, in Boston Bruins, NHL Playoffs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I feel like this is another instance where we react because a guy got hurt. It is definitely hard to see a guy get so severely hurt and luckily he is not paralyzed but I think we are overreacting to this one too. If Horton gets up then it’s a 2 minute interference penalty and no one is talking about this right now. The recent Buster Posey incident is somewhat the same. This wasn’t legal because it was a late hate, unlike the Posey incident, but the concept is similar. I just don’t think the hit is quite as bad as so many people seem to be making it out to be. The NHL has seen far worse hits that haven’t warranted in any suspension so I’m confused yet again. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/significant-injury/

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