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Video: Briere gets Kronwalled, much like how Kesler got Kronwalled

San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four

DETROIT - MAY 6: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on while playing the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Early in the second period of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit, Flyers forward Daniel Briere got labeled by Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall:

That Kronwall laid wood in such demonstrative fashion is no surprise. The Detroit defenseman is one of the league’s most feared open-ice hitters, known for throwing punishing checks at the opponent’s blueline.

That said, there was something unique at play -- Kronwall led with his back.


We first saw this during a December game against Vancouver, when No. 55 tagged Ryan Kesler:

For a visual comparison, check out the near-identical points of impact:

Kronwall on Kesler:

Kesler Kronwall

Kronwall on Briere:

Briere Kronwall

So, uh, what are we calling this type of hit? The flying posterior? A 180 bodycheck? I feel like there’s a really cool nickname out there I’m not thinking of, and I feel like it involves the word “scorpion.”