Wow, talk about the hit of the playoffs so far. The Philadelphia Pittsburgh series might not be as nasty as some of the other first round match-ups, but the temperature just got cranked up several degrees after this massive hit by the Penguins’ Chris Kunitz on Philly d-man Kimmo Timonen. Scott Hartnell jumped to his teammate’d aid, dropping the mitts. Normally I think it is a bit silly when a guy has to fight just because he delivered a good, hard clean hit, but in this case it is probably warranted. Timonen is Philadelphia’s Nicklas Lidstrom, and controls the game from the back end. If he gets hurt they will be all but done. Good on Hartnell for jumping in.

Check out the video of Chris Kunitz’s hit on Kimmo Timonen below: