There was a lot of great action on the ice last night. Unfortunately, the fact that Patrice Bergeron left the ice on a stretcher seems to have trumped them all. Any time you see a player on the ice like that, you can't be human if you don't get a little queasy in the stomach. Watch the above video, and collect the evidence.
What kind of suspension should Jones get, if any?
Now, as the commentators note, the slow motion replay makes the hit look worse (it always does) than it actually was. At full speed, Randy Jones clearly had a split-second to decide to hit Bergeron or let up.
Even in light of recent events (Jesse Boulerice, Steve Downie, etc), I don't believe Randy Jones will earn a suspension on this hit.
1. Bergeron has to take some responsibility for this hit. Instead of worrying about who is coming after him, like ANY player should be doing when they go to the boards, he's looking at who he might pass the puck to. You have to know to look after yourself in that situation.
2. Bergeron, like many young players seem to do, put himself in a precarious situation by turning his back to the play. Why do players continue to put themselves in harm's way like this?
3. At full speed, it is obvious that Jones had little time to react and let up. Yes, he might have been able to, but all of his hockey training and instincts tell him to hit the guy. Look at the hit, and you can see Jones is trying to make a clean hit, and not push the guy's head into the boards. He's finishing his check, like he's done many times before.
4. Jones is a fairly clean player, and has no prior history of abuse, like Downie and Boulerice did.