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Video: Eric Nystrom’s hit on Kris Letang

Kris Letang

Kris Letang, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, races for the finish line during the fastest skater event at the NHL All-Star skills hockey competition in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)


The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t visit the Dallas Stars very often, but Eric Nystrom might just make it easy for the two teams to find some vitriol in their rare matches. Nystrom knocked Penguins defenseman Kris Letang out of tonight’s game with this hit, which will surely be debated in many hockey circles:

Not debatable: this hit has scary implications for Letang and the Penguins since the defenseman already fought off a concussion thanks to a Max Pacioretty hit this season. (Note: it’s too early to know if that’s what Letang is dealing with, but it’s the natural fear.)

Debatable: the punishment that Nystrom deserves. Should he be suspended, fined or merely draw Pittsburgh’s ire for the rest of this game? Let us know in the comments.

For what it’s worth, Mike Milbury thinks that Nystrom should sit five games for the hit: