Rangers captain’s ‘dirty’ hit attempt has fans calling for suspension: ‘A disgrace’

 

Jacob Trouba became a bit of an internet meme on Tuesday night, but he was also very close to facing a huge suspension.

Fans are still calling for a punishment for the New York Rangers captain, saying he had a “dirty” attempt on a body-check.

The defenseman looked to lay out Carolina Hurricanes‘ Martin Necas in the first overtime period, but narrowly missed him.

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However, the intent does not look pretty, as Trouba pulled two big no-nos when hitting someone: having your skates leave the ice, and having an elbow up.

An elbow connecting to a player on a hit almost automatically warrants a suspension, as does hitting someone when leaving your feet.

Thankfully for Trouba (and Necas), the two avoided a hard collision, and Trouba seemed to actually get the worst of it by going head-on into the boards. His leg then hit the back of Necas’ head on the way down.

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Trouba has had viral hits in the past, but he always seems to be in the conversation of whether his hits are clean or dirty – yes, the days of Scott Stevens are long over.

This certainly put him back in the conversation.

“I’m sorry but Jacob Trouba deserves a suspension . This is a clear intent to injure a player. Had that elbow connected we’d be talking about a potential 5+ game suspension…” one user on X wrote. “The NHL preaches player safety. So let’s see what happens.”

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“Jacob Trouba is a disgrace to the title he bares,” wrote another. “There is no universe where this is even remotely close to trying to make a clean play in any sport.”

The Rangers were able to earn the victory in double-overtime, 4-3, thanks to Vincent Trocheck’s power play winner against his former team and Igor Shesterkin’s 54 saves.

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Game 3 is Thursday in North Carolina, where tickets have been limited to local residents.

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