Erik Gudbranson injures Martin Erat on dirty hit
Boarding is a very simple call to make in the NHL. It is also one of the easiest penalties to avoid, along with one of the more dangerous. When the Florida Panthers’ Erik Gudbranson checked newly acquired Washington Capital Martin Erat between the numbers last night, you can only ask yourself “why?”
I understand players are playing hard and not always thinking straight, but why would you try to injure another player. It is not as though it was accidental, Erat wasn’t right up against the boards (hence the boarding penalty and game misconduct).
Gudbranson should see some disciplinary action from the NHL, I would expect 1-2 games. Let’s just hope Erat is ok after taking such an awkward tumble into the boards.