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.
Scary sight here after Tinordi slams into the boards. pic.twitter.com/PZSf7Hne90— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 17, 2021
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:
Pittsburgh truck doing a great job of not showing you how far Tanev came or how many strides he took. pic.twitter.com/97sEVG6Y1s— dafoomie (@dafoomie) March 17, 2021
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:
Jarred Tinordi with a big hit on Malkin — who heads down the tunnel. pic.twitter.com/SpUAHmsaaZ— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 16, 2021
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.