Late in the third period of Ottawa’s 2-0 blanking of the Capitals, Matt Bradley cleaned Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch out with what looked to be a legal, open-ice bodycheck. Zach Smith disagreed strongly however, and Bradley was forced to engage the disgruntled center. The two combatants traded multiple punches until Brads lost his balance and Smith wrestled him down to the ice. At some point during the tussle, however, the “paper-thinned” one was cut open and – surprise, surprise – bled all over the ice. As Bradley made his way to the lockerroom, CSN cameras caught a glimpse of him as blood poured down the side of his face. Since we know you guys love grotesque stuff like that, the video is above.

While we have you, we did want to ask what you guys thought of that two minute boarding call Bradley was assessed. As Down Goes Brown author Sean McIndoe correctly observed, Bradley had both of his skates inside the faceoff circle when he delivered the check. It was shoulder to chest. Is there something we’re missing?

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  • Tim

    That was a terrible call. It was a clean check, with nothing even resembling a penalty. Caps should have had a PP after that.

  • Brad


  • Taz

    What do I think of the call? I think it sucks. As did the decision about the first goal. As did the non-call of goalie interference (though my standard is now Knuble’s “breeze of interference” in last year’s game 7 vs. Montreal). As did the high-sticking non-call that gave Hendricks a bloody eyelid. My thesaurus is inadequate to the task of describing tonight’s officiating.

  • Connor

    Clean hit, thought bradley took some extra business on the way down in the fight too

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  • judy

    Oh come on! Nobody tried thier best to “awake the team” by getting injured in the third…. We’ve already clinched. Ottawa already clinched a spot on the golf course. I really don’t think Bruce told them to go out there and fight real hard and win one for the gipper at any cost. Home ice advantage isn’t worth all that. Our boys play now just for the sake of practice..

  • Wow, that is some horseshit refereeing there…….

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