Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Sean Bergenheim might be getting a call from Shanahan

Sean Bergenheim

Florida Panthers left wing Sean Bergenheim (20) of Finland, celebrates with the team bench after his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Drawing the ire of L.A.'s Mike Richards isn’t hard to do. Just looking at him the wrong way will get you shoved (at the very least). Well, Florida’s Sean Bergenheim drew that ire last night, connecting with Richards on a big hit that put Richards out of the game in the second period.

Bergenheim caught Richards in the head with his shoulder, but is it the kind of hit that will lead to him further punishment? Only Brendan Shanahan knows, but after taking a look at video it’s tough to see how Bergenheim is at fault for connecting with Richards’ head.

Have a look for yourself and see what you think. For me, it looks like Bergenheim’s principle point of impact was the shoulder and Richards’ head got dinged on the follow-through. It doesn’t look intentional, more a byproduct of a solid hit.

Then again, I’m just a jerk with a keyboard. So, suspendable or not?