Ryan Johansen delivered a bone rattling hit to Tyson Barrie in the Nashville Predators’ game one win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
There was a lot of speculation early on Friday that Johansen would be suspended for the hit, which several Denver based media outlets described as “dirty”.
Stay classy, Smashville. Cheap shot by Ryan “The Ripper” Johansen to head of Tyson Barrie deserves suspension. Column to be posted ASAP.
— Mark Kiszla (@markkiszla) April 13, 2018
On Friday, Barrie revealed that the NHL has decided to not penalize Johansen for the hit.
#Avs Tyson Barrie rested today. Says NHL has decided to do nothing to #Preds’ Ryan Johansen for hit Barrie didn’t see coming while shooting. Barrie has seen a replay of hit he thinks caught part of his head.
— Teresa Walker (@TeresaMWalker) April 13, 2018
Barrie wasn’t happy at all about the decision.
Barrie not happy today with no NHL action on the Johansen hit. Says if those are the hits that are allowed “maybe you take some runs at guys” and deliver similar hits.
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) April 13, 2018
It sounds like this series could get very chippy.
By the way, here’s the hit in question if you missed it.
— Mark Harris (@TweetsByHarris) April 13, 2018
It’s definitely a tough hit, but I don’t think it was dirty. Barrie absolutely did a nice job of selling it.
And it’s absolutely no worse than this hit that ended Calle Jarnkrok’s season.
The @NHL apparently doesn’t think this late hit that knocked Calle Jarnkrok out for the season is worthy of a suspension
— Everything Nashville (@ETNNash) March 16, 2018
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