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Sharks disgusted by 'gutless' Lapierre

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07:32 AM ET 10.16 | San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle remained in a St. Louis hospital overnight after leaving the ice on a stretcher, courtesy a Maxim Lapierre hit in the first period Tuesday night. Several San Jose players were critical of Lapierre. "It's just disgusting to see that type of play in hockey," said Sharks center Logan Couture. ... San Jose's Matt Pelech tried to track down Lapierre, and eventually got near him at center ice. But by that time, a melee had ensued and Pelech fought Ryan Reaves. Pelech and Reaves each received game misconducts. "After the first shift, (Lapierre) is yelling at us from their bench ... that he's coming after us," Couture said. "Then he does that. I don't even know. It's pretty gutless. And he turtles. Be a man if you make a hit like that. Fight someone. Don't turtle."

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October 16, 2013  08:38 AM ET

I watched it a few times, and it doesn't look as dirty as the outcome of the injury. He didn't launch him from behind, he road him into the boards.

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October 16, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Didn't see the hit, but I hope he recovers and is okay.

October 16, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Didn't see the hit, but I hope he recovers and is okay.

Here ya go...

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October 16, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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It was a dirty ol' hit to the numbers. It was exactly the kind of garbage they're supposed to be trying to get rid of.

Let them actually try to get rid of it. 2 or 3 games or even 10 games is pretty meaningless in an 82 game season with these guys making so much money. Make it 30-40 games if they really want to get rid of it. And no, letting someone beat him up in the next period or the next game isn't going to stop it. But a long suspension might. I think that Cooke and Torres play a different game since they got their long time-outs.

But the fact that some observers on this thread didn't think it was a dirty hit shows what the problem is. Dirty hits are part of hockey. You've seen this hit since you or your kids were in peewees. What happened then? You sit a game. Big deal. Lapierre sits a few games. Big deal.

October 16, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Didn't see the hit, but I hope he recovers and is okay.

It wasn't a particularly vicious or dirty hit. It was a hockey hit that happens many times in every game. Problem was, the tip of Dan Boyle's chin caught the edge of the boards as he was falling. That's when the damage occurred. Very much like George Parros hitting the ice with his. If Boyle's chin didn't catch the edge of the boards, we wouldn't be talking about it. As it is, it gives the bleeding hearts a chance to bleat like sheep.

October 16, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Here ya go...

Thanks Canuck. It was a dirty hit IMO. I've seen much worse, as everybody has, but that's not going to make much difference one of these days if somebody gets seriously hurt. Guys can get hurt on perfectly clean plays of course. Another reason to try and eliminate the dirty ones, resulting in stuff that doesn't need to happen.

October 16, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Thanks Canuck. It was a dirty hit IMO. I've seen much worse, as everybody has, but that's not going to make much difference one of these days if somebody gets seriously hurt. Guys can get hurt on perfectly clean plays of course. Another reason to try and eliminate the dirty ones, resulting in stuff that doesn't need to happen.

I like dirty.....oh nevermind.

October 16, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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I like dirty.....oh nevermind.

You make an excellent point.

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October 16, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Shanny will probably give him a fine.

I would never bet my house on what Shanahan will do when it comes to discipline.

October 16, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Let them actually try to get rid of it. 2 or 3 games or even 10 games is pretty meaningless in an 82 game season with these guys making so much money. Make it 30-40 games if they really want to get rid of it. And no, letting someone beat him up in the next period or the next game isn't going to stop it. But a long suspension might. I think that Cooke and Torres play a different game since they got their long time-outs.But the fact that some observers on this thread didn't think it was a dirty hit shows what the problem is. Dirty hits are part of hockey. You've seen this hit since you or your kids were in peewees. What happened then? You sit a game. Big deal. Lapierre sits a few games. Big deal.

nice post....I agree, the 5 gamer in the olde days meant something...now, not so much.
But the NHL, like the other professional leagues, is a bastion of hypocrisy. I won't even blame this on Dwarfus Horribilius, because they all do this. Kvetch and Moan about violence, yada yada....and make sure it gets shown off. It reminds me of the olde story about the guy that chopped down a magnificent olde oak tree, and then hopped up on the stump to give a speech about tradition and the environment....

October 16, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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I think that Cooke and Torres play a different game since they got their long time-outs.

Yes, they do. And, that's why they're pretty much useless now. They don't have much to offer apart from hurting others.

October 16, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Dirty, no question. Why does he even need to "ride him" into the boards? Backs to you, puck is already sent around the boards...no point. He didn't even "launch" his hit until after the puck had left.

October 16, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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Dirty, no question. Why does he even need to "ride him" into the boards? Backs to you, puck is already sent around the boards...no point. He didn't even "launch" his hit until after the puck had left.

If Boyle had not turned his head he would still be in surgery getting upteen new teeth.

October 16, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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Shanny will probably give him a fine.

4 games minimum , 8 would hurt enough to get the message accross

October 16, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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It wasn't a particularly vicious or dirty hit. It was a hockey hit that happens many times in every game. Problem was, the tip of Dan Boyle's chin caught the edge of the boards as he was falling. That's when the damage occurred. Very much like George Parros hitting the ice with his. If Boyle's chin didn't catch the edge of the boards, we wouldn't be talking about it. As it is, it gives the bleeding hearts a chance to bleat like sheep.

That must have been it, because I watched Tootoo hit guys twice as hard all game yesterday, and this Maxim really could have hit him a lot harder if he had wanted, it seems.

 
October 16, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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That must have been it, because I watched Tootoo hit guys twice as hard all game yesterday, and this Maxim really could have hit him a lot harder if he had wanted, it seems.

I was watching the game when it happened and the many replays since. We have the benefit of slow-mo replays but, in real time, things happen very fast on the ice. Lapierre was coming with speed to hit Boyle. Nothing wrong with that. But, two thing happened in quick succession that resulted in injury. Boyle lost his balance before contact begun and was going down on his own. Lapierre was already committed to the hit and couldn't have stopped if he tried. Then, because of the awkward position of his body, his chin hit the edge of the board. Lights out.

Easy to draw conclusions after we've seen umpteen slow motion replays from every conceivable angle. Didn't happen that way in real time. I do not believe Lappierre could've avoid contact no matter what. He was already committed to the hit. It's unfortunate Boyle got hurt. He won't be the last either.

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