Rome Deserves Suspension for Brutal Hit

Rome Deserves Suspension for Brutal Hit

- With defenseman Dan Hamhuis already out with an injury, the Canucks are likely to lose another defenseman.

Aaron Rome’s cheap shot of Bruins forward Nathan Horton landed Rome a five-minute major and game misconduct in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. It should be more than that. The league must follow that up with a suspension.

And during a season in which the league has cracked down on hits like this, the suspension from Mike Murphy could be a severe one. Rome, per's Bob McKenzie, has a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday morning. The news came down after the Bruins' 8-1 win.

Rome blindsided Horton, driving his shoulder into Horton’s head during the first period. Horton had passed the puck, and the hit was clearly late. Horton was carried off the ice on a stretcher after a long delay and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. The Bruins reported that he had feeling in all extremities and was moving his limbs after the hit. After the game, Boston coach Claude Julien condemned the hit.

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