SAN JOSE- Last week we kicked off a series of top San Jose Sharks moments with the top 25 goals since the 2004-05 lockout. Today we continue that series with the most jarring hits delivered by Sharks players over the same time period.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 most most bone crunching Shark attacks.
10. For the majority of the time, when a player delivers a big hit, he does so without the puck in his possession. However, this isn’t always the case, former Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray shows why with this impressive demonstration of brute strength.
9. When it comes to physically intimidating wingers who can check and score, the list isn’t as long as it used to be in the new NHL. Former Shark Ryane Clowe is one of the few remaining true power forwards left in the game today.
8. There haven’t been many players in the NHL who have been able to perfect the art of the hip-check, but retired former Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren made it his masterpiece.
7. When Brad Stuart came up with the Sharks organization in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he was known for his offensive skill set. But after leaving the Bay Area and spending many years alongside heavy hitter Nicklas Kronwall in Detroit, the Sharks defenseman returned to San Jose last season with an extra trick or two up his sleeve.
6. The aforementioned Murray was a mainstay in the Sharks lineup from 2007-2013 and over that stretch few defensemen were feared more by onrushing forwards than the Big Swede.
5. One could argue that Murray’s hit on Pierre Marc-Bouchard was better, but this hit on Kyle Chipchura takes the cake for me simply because of the look on Chipchura’s face afterward. He doesn’t look like he knows where he is.
4. It still pisses me off that professional linesmen and referees came to the conclusion that this was a penalty. This hit by Andrew Desjardins on Jamal Mayers should have put the Sharks on a four-minute power play but instead they played four minutes of four-on-four and had to kill off a one minute power-play. This was a clean hit, shoulder to shoulder, contact comes right after the puck glances off Mayers’ skate. PERFECT open ice hit.
3. Recall from earlier on this list that Kyle McLaren had perfected the hip-check? Try to find one better than this one, I dare you!
2. Fortunately for the Sharks, later in the season Desjardins delivered an even bigger hit and the referees got the call right. The Sharks scored twice on the ensuing power play which paved the way for a victory over the Kings.
1. The No. 1 rule that kids are taught growing up when they hit the ice (even before they get to the age of hitting) is to keep your head up. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog forgot that rule for a split second and Brad Stuart made him pay.
That’s it, that’s my list. Think I missed any? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
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