HOCKEY fans appreciate a good brouhaha on the ice, but San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley definitely crossed a line when he blindsided Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok.
Not according to Sharks coach Pete DeBoer though.
“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told media after San Jose lost 7-2 to the Predators.
Haley saw red in the third period after he was driven into the glass from behind by Jarnkrok’s elbow.
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The rough check sparked Haley and other San Jose players to chase down Jarnkrok and start an all-in fight. The Swede tried to skate back and avoid the confrontation but before he could say ‘sucker punch’, Haley’s ungloved fist had already collided with his face.
Haley’s fierce left hook instantly floored Jarnkrok who remained on the ice while teammates came to his aid and continued brawling.
Jarnkrok copped a bloody nose and two minutes for boarding while Haley received a match penalty and was ejected from the game.
The Predators got the last laugh, winning the game 7-2, but head coach Peter Laviolette was not one bit happy about Haley’s actions.
“It’s an ugly play,” Laviolette said.
“This isn’t the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we’re in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at.”
The NHL will see Haley at a hearing on Monday (US time) with a suspension expected. There is no word on further disciplinary action against Jarnkrok on the hit from behind.