One of the loveliest moments of the Canucks’ performance Sunday night versus the Flames was Ryan Kesler’s thundering open-ice hit on Blake Comeau. Midway through the first period, with the Canucks on a powerplay, the puck came to Comeau at the side boards, and he attempted to clear the zone. Unfortunately, only a split second after the puck arrived, Ryan Kesler did as well. He absolutely flattened Comeau.
Ryan Kesler seems mean.
Now before you say “Not sure what Comeau’s so upset about”, keep in mind that, clean as this hit was, Comeau probably still didn’t enjoy it all that much. Canuck fans likely did, however, especially since, with Raffi Torres now in Phoenix, these hits are a little less frequent than they were last year. But don’t be misled: this wasn’t the only one. Hit of the year though it might have been, there are indeed other candidates. Here are five.
1) Ryan Kesler on Nick Leddy
Midway through the second period of a game versus the Chicago Blackhawks, a frustrated Ryan Kesler takes a run at Nick Leddy.
2) Alex Edler on Magnus Paajarvi
This is a huge hit. Paajarvi tries to cut wide on Edler, and while he initially looks to have a step, Edler turns and rubs the Oilers’ forward out along the boards with a huge shoulder check.
3) Alex Edler on Jordan Eberle
Pretty much the exact same hit as the one on Paajarvi, except that Edler is facing the other way. Is his right shoulder a hard as his left? Jordan Eberle says yes.
4) Alex Edler on Taylor Hall
Edler’s assault on the Oiler kids continues. Keep him away from Edmonton daycares. Here, he steps into Taylor Hall as the Oilers tries to break out.
5) Dale Weise on Kevin Klein
Perhaps the most Torres-like hit on our list, as Klein gets to the puck in the corner first, but Weise arrives at the same location before he can do anything with it.
So there you have it. Do any of these hits rival Kesler on Comeau, or is is the early frontrunner for Canuck hit of the year?Tags: Edler, featured, hittiness, Kesler, weise