Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre will miss four games and lose $14,248.72 after being suspended for a hit from behind on San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol, reports Jeff Marek.
David Pollak wrote that Nichol is expected to miss 7-10 days because of the cheap shot. Pollak spoke to Rob Blake about the play, which didn’t result in a penalty during the game.
“That was a tough play. Those are the kinds of plays we don’t like to see because he’s in a very vulnerable position. It was a tough call and the refs were very open about that,” Blake said.
It might not be hyperbole to call dirty hits – whether they come from behind, when a player’s head is down or in some other vulnerable position – an epidemic in the NHL. Considering some recent – and unsettling – stories about concussions in sports, it often makes me queasy to think that some of my favorite athletes may someday struggle to function in society.
That being said, it’s difficult to know what the league should do. After all, hockey is a violent sport played at incredible speeds. I’m not sure if it’s possible to stop such hits from happening (although consistent repercussions would be a start).
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.