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Jarred Tinordi leaves the game with a probable concussion after a big hit from Brandon Tanev

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Tough break.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi left tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with what looked like a pretty clear concussion, though the team termed it an “upper-body injury.”

Tinordi was injured when he crashed violently into the boards after a neutral zone hit by Pittsburgh’s Brandon Tanev.

Tanev was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

As the referees are allowed to do now, they reviewed the major penalty and upheld both that call and the game misconduct.

The Bruins failed to score on what was a pretty terrible ensuing power play.

Penguins fans (and many Bruins fans, to be fair) seemed to think it was a clean hit, or one maybe worthy of a minor at best.

My guess is that it was deemed a major due to the very obvious and tough to watch head injury suffered by Tinordi as a result.

Boarding is generally called whenever there’s a “violent collision into the boards,” but this one was probably more charging than boarding.

As you can see below, Tanev came quite a long way to make the hit:

Per Rule 42, charging is when a player violently checks another player as a result of distance traveled (check); it can be called a major “based on the degree of violence” (check); and it’s a misconduct if it results in “an injury to the face or head” (check).

You can give Tanev the benefit of the doubt and say he meant to lay Tinordi out but not drive him backwards into the boards like that, but ultimately, intent doesn’t matter much.

If you’re looking for another thread, Tinordi knocked Evgeni Malkin out of the game with this heavy hit in the first period:

Malkin attempted to come back but ultimately left the game, so...was it a revenge hit? Hard to say.

Tanev scored Pittsburgh’s first goal of the night too. Active night, eh?

The wheel o’ defensemen keeps spinning for the B’s, assuming Tinordi is out for a spell.

Good times.