More often than not goaltenders are on the receiving end of physical exchanges. But every once in a while a goalie will take the bull by the horns, and exact a little revenge of their own.
As you're probably aware of by now, Carey Price went out of his way to eliminate noted crease crasher Chris Kreider on Thursday night. Yes, the same Kreider that injured Price in the playoffs a couple years ago, as well as injuring a plethora of goalies since. Essentially, Price was acting on behalf of all the goaltenders in the NHL.
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The reverse angle gives us a great view, as it's clear that Price gives Kreider a healthy stare down, before casually returning to his position as the best goaltender in the world.
Carey Price sits Chris Kreider down, and gives him a nice long stare for extra measure. pic.twitter.com/LXJV1uUoU6— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) October 16, 2015
When asked about the hit during the post-game scrum, Price claimed that he had no idea who it was, although his smirk may have betrayed him.
Fortunately Kreider wasn't injured, and everyone had a good laugh, but it wasn't the first time a goalie laid out an opposing forward. Hell, it wasn't even the first time a Habs goalie went out of his way to throw a body check.
Roy vs Gartner
Patrick Roy received a penalty on the play, although I think you'd agree that it was worth it. If we're being honest, Mike Gartner never stood a chance. Jacques Demers attempting to mask his laughs is the icing on the cake.
Hasek vs Gaborik
This wasn't exactly a hit per say, but more of an assisted liftoff. Dominik Hasek decided to take matters in his own hands, and put Marian Gaborik's bid for a breakaway attempt. You can be sure that Gaborik kept his head up during his next scoring chance.
Tomas vs Sedin
If you've ever played as a goalie, you know it can be frustrating when your defenders fail to clear the crease. In Tim Thomas' case, he took matters into his own hands, decking Henrik Sedin straight into the penalty box.
Laco vs Tarasenko
Remember Mike Smith's butt goal? Well, in this case Jan Laco didn't score on himself, but instead laid a devastating hit on Vladimir Tarasenko.
Price vs Scheifele
Strangely, I couldn't find any video of this event, although that's not important. What's important in this particular case are the photoshops that quickly surfaced once Price decided to eliminate Mark Scheifele.
Honourable mention: Cujo vs the referee
The best part about Curtis Joseph taking the referee down, is that he basically tried to play it off as if nothing happened, and kept arguing as he rolled around on the ground with his victim. This wasn't on the level of Ron Hextall attacking Chris Chelios, but it was quite the sight to behold.
Did we miss any great goalie hits? If so, don't forget to post them in the comments below.