Blue Jackets cry foul on Kreider hit that concussed Alex Wennberg

The first period of the Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets was very physical. Players from both sides were finishing checks.

Some were borderline. That included Rene Bourque who was penalized for going high on Ryan McDonagh. One hit which wasn’t detected by the refs was Chris Kreider catching Jackets forward Alex Wennberg after he released the puck. It was late and caught a prone Wennberg high knocking him out of the game. It would later be revealed that he suffered a concussion.

Following the game, the Jackets weren’t pleased with Kreider. A third-year player who has had some run ins with goalies and a couple of questionable hits, the 24-year old has never faced any NHL discipline. Even for this hit from behind on Jonas Brodin that got him ejected from a game against the Wild last Oct. 27.

“It was late, yeah,” Scott Hartnell told Rick Gethin of Today’s Slapshot.  “It was real late and high. I saw it on the tape right afterwards. (Kreider) did three crossovers, four crossovers and then he got hit, high.”

“Hopefully the league can address that because if that’s the case, I know (Wennberg) didn’t come back and you want to protect our players,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno added.

Somewhat curiously, MSG didn’t show a replay. Normally, they do. The only video was posted by Stephanie Vail on Twitter below:

Chris Kreider catches Alex Wennberg with a late high hit that concussed the Jackets forward late in the first period.

You be the judge. It doesn’t look good. No matter how you slice it, Kreider went for a big hit and caught Wennberg with the right shoulder making head contact. That is grounds for league discipline which could mean a hearing for Kreider. The Rangers host the Jackets in a rematch at MSG Saturday night.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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