Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Video: Gillies At It Again, Ejected For Headhunting Clutterbuck In First Game Back

If the NHL needed proof that long suspensions are not a deterrent to dirty play they got it on Wednesday night from Trevor Gillies of the New York Islanders.  Gillies was playing in his first game since receiving a 9 game suspension for his part in the Islanders-Penguins embarrassment on February 11th and it took him less than two periods to get tossed from the game.
Only 2:23 into the second period Gillies took a run at Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild with obvious intent to injure him.  Gillies was given a 5-minute major for checking from behind and immediately ejected for his two hand punch to crush Clutterbuck’s head into the glass.  Some will try and defend Gillies saying he was sticking up for Justin DiBenedetto, but there much more legitimate ways to go about defending a teammate.  I expect Gillies to be done for the year.
Here’s the video of the hit:

Here is the video of the Versus crew talking about the hit.