Robert Bortuzzo Levels Viktor Arvidsson From Behind With Dangerous Looking Cross-check

  • Viktor Arvidsson’s 300th career regular-season game began with an assist on Filip Forsberg’s goal 20 seconds into Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
  • His night ended quickly, though, in a 4-2 Nashville Predators victory that ended a six-game losing streak. And St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will face a hearing because of it.
  • Arvidsson found himself on his stomach in the net after Bortuzzo deposited him there with a cross-check. Bortuzzo complained to the referee, then cross-checked Arvidsson again when he was still down on the ice. After the Predators forward was slow to get up, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington shoved him in the back again for good measure.
  • Arvidsson disappeared down the tunnel behind the Predators bench and missed the rest game with a lower-body injury.

“It’s dirty,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of the hit after the game.

  • Bortuzzo earned a two-minute minor for his hits. The league’s department of player safety, though, tweeted after the game that he would have a hearing Sunday.
  • Bortuzzo has had a history of suspensions with the league. In September 2018, he was suspended for two preseason games and one regular-season game for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny.
  • He also was suspended two games in 2014 for a late, high hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jaromir Jagr.

“You have a defenseless player on the ice and it’s the second cross-check, he got a good one in on him,” Predators forward Auston Watson said. “That’s not my place to decide whether any action is to be taken. We’ll let the proper guys deal with that stuff.”

  • Arvidsson is tied for fourth on the Predators with 15 points and third with six goals.
  • He set a franchise record with 34 goals last season, despite missing 24 games with injuries.

 

Sources & Credits: USA Today
NHL Highlights | Predators vs. Blues – Nov. 23, 2019

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