Brad Stuart's big hit on Gabriel Landeskog: No further action from NHL

Thearon W. Henderson

Stuart's big hit on Landeskog led to some intense debate, with the NHL deciding no further action is necessary.

Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks will not face any discipline from the NHL for his hit on Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog on Saturday night, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Landeskog was skating with the puck through the neutral zone late in the first period when Stuart appeared to hit him up high in one of the more devastating hits we've seen this season. Ryan O'Byrne was then hit with an instigator when he went after Stuart for the hit, leading to a Patrick Marleau power play goal. Byrne was handed 19 minutes in penalties overall.

The Sharks won the game, 4-0.

You can see the hit below:

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post initially argued that the hit is deserving of a suspension because Stuart left his feet and made contact with Landeskog's head. He would later state that he did not think it was a "dirty" hit, although a suspension should be warranted because of the hit to the head.

Per David Pollack of the Mercury News, Stuart offered this explanation of the hit:

"I just saw him kind of cutting in behind Joe. I just shaded off Joe and fully expected him to pick his head up, but he didn't," Stuart said. "At that point, he was pretty vulnerable but I just tried to make a good solid hit. I'm not trying to hurt anyone or anything, but when a guy doesn't see you coming, it's going to look pretty bad."

For his part, Landeskog stated after the game he felt it was a clean hit.

"I thought it was a hard hit," said Landeskog. "I think it was a clean hit or felt like a clean hit, no elbow but it was hard, I'll tell you that much. I was kind of reaching for the puck and didn't brace myself enough and stepped up. That's the way with hockey, you give some and you take some and tonight I took a pretty big one.

"I knew he was there. I didn't think he was going to come at the speed that he came and then I saw him the last second but not early enough. I felt fine. I was a little weak at first. But I got some ice in here and took care of what had to be taken care of and then I felt fine after that."

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