Jaromir Jagr takes head hit from Pens’ Roberto Bortuzzo
Department of Player Safety to review hit
New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr left Tuesday night after taking a hit to the head by Penguins defenceman Roberto Bortuzzo.
The hit happened with more than two minutes left in the second as Jagr went around Penguins defenceman Paul Martin before sending a pass out front. But Bortuzzo lined up Jagr to the left of the Pittsburgh net and decked him with an apparent elbow.
Jagr stayed on the ice for several moments before leaving for the dressing room. He didn’t return.
It was reported that the Department of Player Safety were looking at the hit not long after it occurred. They confirmed that it would be reviewed, with the date and time to be determined.
Pittsburgh defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will have a hearing for a late hit on New Jersey forward Jaromir Jagr. Day & time TBD.—@NHLPlayerSafety
The Penguins went on to win 1-0, but Devils forward Jordin Tootoo sent out a warning to Bortuzzo after the game.
"I'm not going to forget what number he is," Tootoo told reporters. "It's a long season."
For the record, the 6'4, 215-pound Bortuzzo wears No. 41.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer was also upset at the Jagr hit following his team's loss.
DeBoer on hit on Jagr: "I thought it was a real liberty. Totally unnecessary. If 1 of our guys had done that to Crosby, it'd be World War 4"—@NHLDevils
Memo to idiots who cheered Jagr getting hurt: You wouldn't be watching NHL in Pittsburgh tonight if not for him. Learn the game a little.—@Dejan_Kovacevic
Devils down three men, playing with 17 rest of the way. Jagr, Elias and Gionta all hurt.—@JoshYohe_Trib