Another Look: Hall elbow on Fox


I didn’t make a big fuss out of it watching the game. Nor did I in the game review involving the Rangers and Devils. However, it’s worth taking a second look at the Taylor Hall elbow on Adam Fox.

The Devils ’17-18 Hart winner went for the big hit on Fox behind the net. He was playing the puck and saw Hall coming. Here’s what transpired:

Now, I’ve seen some replies to this Tweet. I’m puzzled. How is that clean? To make matters worse, Hall protested. In what world is elbowing a player not a penalty? That’s why Brady Skjei responded immediately. The one positive thing he’s done so far. Although his game was a bit better on Thursday night in Newark. He had a secondary assist on a goal with a good pinch.

Hall was assessed four penalty minutes on the play. He got two for elbowing and two for roughing. The latter a matching rough with Skjei. I’m only gonna say this once. Elbowing should either be a double minor or major. No in between. Hall was lucky he didn’t get more.

My question is will the play in question be reviewed. Probably not. NHL Player Safety will likely pass due to Fox ducking at the last split second. Plus he was able to continue.

However, I didn’t like the hit. It was dirty. Too bad the Rangers power play stunk. They fired as many blanks as the Yankees offense did with runners in scoring position.

As far as the next game between the Hudson rivals, it’s not until November 30. By then, we’ll have a better idea of who Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are. Ditto for both teams.

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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