TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie
Rome hit on Horton way late. 28 digital frames from release to hit. 30 frames=1 second. NHL standard for late hit is longer than .5 second.
Many asking how many games I think Rome will be suspended. I'll say 1 game, tho some of my colleagues think it'll be 2. Hearing Tues morn.
Hit was late based on timing criteria NHL uses to determine late hits. I would be surprised if Rule 48 blindside rule is invoked here.
In eyes of NHL, Horton not seeing Rome doesn't make it blindside hit. Horton is advancing, Rome stepped up on him. Foul is interference.
Rome's agent Jarrett Bousquet spoke to him post game: "Aaron told me he was sad to see Horton lying on the ice because he's been that guy twice within the year and would never intend to injure another player. He hopes Horton is OK and is sorry."