John Moore gets five games for hit on Erik Haula

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John Moore didn't hit Erik Haula late, and he didn't make contact with Haula's head first, either, but the league suspended the Rangers defenseman for five games anyway — and he deserved it.

"If Moore is to attempt this extremely difficult hit, his timing and angle of approach must ensure that he hits squarely through the body and that Haula's head is not the main point of contact," director of player safety Patrick Burke said in a video explaining the decision. "Moore does neither."

If nothing else, the fact that Moore has now been suspended twice in 12 games needed to be addressed. He laid a similar hit on Dale Weise — not late, injurious, head as main but not first point of contact — during the playoffs and sat for two games.

Look at what the league said then: “It is important to note that Weise makes no sudden movements prior to or simultaneous with the hit that contribute to his head being the main point of contact. Therefore the onus is on Moore to make sure that he delivers a full body check that does not make Weise’s head the main point of contact."

Pretty close. Moore deserves this one.

Also worth nothing: The fact that Moore's suspension is less than six games means it won't go to a neutral arbitrator.