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Video: Mark Fistric's hit on Fernando Pisani

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DALLAS -- Down three goals after the Blackhawks dominated the first 20 minutes, the Dallas Stars came out hitting in the second period of Friday's game at American Airlines Center.

The results weren't good for the Hawks.

Defenseman Mark Fistric sent Fernando Pisani crashing hard into the boards at the end of the Stars' bench just over five minutes into the second.

Pisani's head bounced off the glass and then snapped off the bench. Afterward, he stayed on the ice for several moments. It changed the complexion of the game, which the Stars won 4-3 in a shootout. Pisani needed help off the ice and to the Hawks dressing room.

Here's a video of the hit:

Viktor Stalberg and Ryan Johnson also left after all the tough play by Dallas, which overwhelmingly outhit the Hawks 39-16.

Stalberg left first in the second period and appeared to be favoring his shoulder after taking a hit. Johnson didn't return after the second intermission.

All three players are officially considered day-to-day with upper-body injuries.

Bryan Bickell went after Fistric after his hit, and the Hawks earned a power play. Fistric was sent to the penalty box for interference and roughing. But the Hawks failed to convert.

"We can work our butts off on that power play and really try to show them up and get them back for hurting one of our players -- and we don't," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We were satisfied, and it was a terrible power play."

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There is a rule for intend to injure...it's a 5 min major and expulsion..that is what this hit was!..It was called a 5 minute penalty first then changed to 2 minor penalties...hope the league suspense..refs worried more about breaking up the fight then downed player!

I dont think he intended to injure Pisani. It was a good hip check. The elbow came up a little, but you could tell he was aiming for below the shoulders. Its a physical game played by stud athletes. You cant help getting your bell rung.

No sure why any penalty was called her. Pisani had the puck, so it can't be considered interference. As for roughing, based on what is that roughing? Pisani had his head down and Fistric came at him low-- no head shot at all. The injury came when Pisani hit his head on the top of the dasher as he fell backwards. If there was a penalty I think it should have been on Bickell for going after Fistric after the play (when he was already engaged with another Hawk).

If this leads to a suspension (it won't) then everyone in the league will need to change their style and turn the NHL into a no-check mens' league.

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