Halfway through the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, David Booth made a power move off the boards around Shane O’Brien towards the slot. Avalanche forward Kevin Porter moved into the middle of the ice to help his teammate, but couldn’t reach Booth with his shoulder to deliver a legal hit.
Instead, he stuck out his leg and caught Booth knee-on-knee. Booth immediately crumpled to the ice in obvious distress. Porter received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.
After the game, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco complained about the penalty calling it a “marginal call.”
One of the reporters asked him if he had seen a replay, ostensibly because if he had not seen a replay then the reporter wouldn’t have to refer to Sacco as “the stupidest coach in the NHL” in his article the next day. But Sacco claimed he had seen a replay. Had he seen this replay?
Because I watch that replay and feel sick to my stomach. Porter blatantly hangs his leg out and hits Booth’s knee directly with his own, causing it to bend grotesquely forwards. I feared the worst: knee-on-knee collisions can destroy knees and end careers. Booth, to his credit, seemed to be in good humour after the game, tweeting a Bible verse and cheering on his teammates for the shutout, hattrick, and win.
The Canucks have reported that Booth has an MCL sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. While bad, it could have been significantly worse. It’s extremely unfortunate, as Booth was just one game removed from a 3-point night against Calgary where he seemed to finally be finding some chemistry with his fellow Americans on the second line. Now that line is down to just Kesler for the time being, with Chris Higgins day-to-day with a foot infection. Or, as Kesler put it on Twitter, “The American Express line just got declined.”
Porter will have a disciplinary meeting with Brendan Shanahan on Thursday, after which I expect him to receive a marginal suspension.Tags: david booth, injuries, There are some stupid people behind NHL benches