I've been watching hockey a long time. Most people at the rink Thursday have been watching hockey for a long time. I've never, until the Penguins' 4-1win over the Red Wings, seen two players inadvertently high stick each other in wildly different ways.
For Jack Johnson, he lifted the stick of Tyler Bertuzzi and then kept it high as he angled him off, catching Bertuzzi in the lip and drawing blood in the process.
For Bertuzzi, he reacted wildly at the contact, throwing his gloves out and losing control of his already swinging stick. He caught Johnson in the mouth ... also drawing blood.
My photo hole is located right there in that corner of the ice, and I watched the sequence play out right in front of me, but didn't really grasp it until seeing the aftermath. Bertuzzi was hunched over, feet from me, touching at his lip and indicating to officials that he was bleeding:
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I saw Johnson talking with the officiating crew, all of whom were signaling at Bertuzzi. It looked as though Johnson was confused about the situation because Johnson thought it was he who drew the penalty.
Johnson took his hand, pointed to his bleeding lip and referee Steve Kozari indicated the lip's status was worth a four minute penalty. Johnson went to the box first to the sound of boos from the crowd, but Bertuzzi followed shortly after.
Two double-minors for high sticking. Two sets of bleeding lips. Two trips to the penalty box. One photo of Johnson looking at Kozari signal "four minutes" to kick off this View's best images.