In a game with serious playoff implications for the Detroit Red Wings, David Legwand did the unimaginable and almost single-handedly cost the team points by making the dumbest move in a long time by a Red Wing.
During the third period of the Detroit Red Wings overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Peguins, David Legwand and Evgeni Malkin were battling as Malkin was trying to get to the front of the net.
Malkin took a few liberties by mauling Legwand enough to pull off Legwand’s helmet, but it does not excuse what Legwand did next.
Once the players were untangled, Legwand moved in close to Malkin, moved his left hand closer to his blade, and used the butt-end of his stick to spear Malkin in the genital area.
Legwand was deservedly given a five-minute major and game misconduct, which mean that it is automatically looked at by Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety.
I would not be surprised if David Legwand is suspended for the butt-end because there is no room in hockey for a play like that. Instead of keeping a clear head and playing the game, Legwand made a rash decision and he should pay for it.
Hopefully, Legwand apologized Evgeni Malkin and to each of his teammates after the game for putting them in a tough position.
It seems as if Malkin is healthy, which is great news, but there is just no excuse for what Legwand did.
[UPDATE] David Legwand has been fined $5,000 for butt-ending Malkin.