Sabres' Okposo not happy with the Hall hit from behind

January 31, 2018
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The NHL Department of Player Safety has fined Taylor Hall $5,000 for his hit from behind on Kyle Okposo. If the league wants to eliminate that hit, it needs to be a major penalty each and every time.

Okposo was in some pain, but popped up because he doesn’t believe in laying on the ice. In my mind, that shouldn’t matter. We hate when players embellish, but the league encourages that with plays like these. Okposo said. “I don’t like that, since you were a kid you get taught don’t stay on the ice, it’s not my style, I’ve never been one to stay down, but if you stay down and get the five minute, maybe that game’s different. It shouldn’t matter if the player’s hurt or not.”

“If I stay down, then the ref says it’s a five, but why should that matter? It’s the same play in my opinion.

“I got up because I was mad and I was looking around for who did it and it didn’t register, I was looking for somebody else, but I know he’s not that kind of a player, but still, it was a bad hit. I didn’t turn or anything, I was just going to get the puck and he just buried me five feet from the boards, so I didn’t like that play at all.”

If the league thought it was a bad enough hit for a fine, then it was a bad enough hit to receive a five minute major penalty.