Originally Posted by Showtime
I know you didn't say that, I just think their hate>Nux/Chicago hate. Perhaps you can say the fanbases of each team hate each other more, but the I don't think it's even close when it comes to the actual players of the Flyers/Pens compared to the Nux/Hawks. Then again, Pens/Flyers have some nice grinders/tough guys while Nux/Hawks are full of pussies.
The Nucks/Blackhawks rivalry was at it's peak in 2010. Most of the goons/agitators from both teams are gone now. I'm kind of surprised it's still going, but I guess the Keith hit rekindled the feud (and now the Hansen hit).
Players on the Hawks that pissed off the Canucks that are gone now:
The only notables gone from the Canucks are Hordichuk who was a plug and Rypien (RIP).
But we still have Kesler, Burrows, Sedins from 2010 and an emerging Hansen, Weise, and Lapierre so it evens out.
Originally Posted by JM
He definitely forcefully hit him in the head. It was way more than just 'coming in contact'. You can say that Hossa put himself in that position and they were going to collide regardless but Hanssen definitely made sure he gave him a shot...
That just ends up coming back to hockey's biggest rule for players... don't play with your head down. Or in your words, Hossa put himself in a vulnerable position.
Either way it doesn't matter. One game isn't a big deal.