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STLADOGG wrote:Lapierre is a (Frank) dumbass. I hated him when he was with Vancouver, hes a snake and should be suspended and released from this team.
cprice12 wrote:I didn't think LaPierre's hit was dirty.
Was it a hit from behind? Yes.
Should it have been a penalty? Yes.
Was it dirty? I don't think so.
Does he have time to curl off and not hit Boyle? I suppose. But his job is to hit some bodies...not play the puss and curl off a hit on their best defenseman.
Boyle was playing the puck, LaPierre approached him and checked him from behind as Boyle is turning. It wasn't a vicious check, but Boyle had stumbled a bit just before the check which caused him to lean forward and down a bit. It's unfortunate that his chin was right at the dasher level when he was hit, which that is why he went down. The key here is the stumble happens RIGHT before the hit, so LaPierre has no way to assess the situation that quickly.
LaPierre can be a dirty player, but this particular hit isn't dirty. It's an unfortunate result of a hockey play. Sometimes guys get hurt in hockey. It happens. And it's not always a penalty, and not every hit from behind along the boards is automatically dirty.
If LaPierre's hit is dirty, then the Burns hit on Morrow is too (I don't think it was). But since the standard had been established by kicking LaPierre out of the game for his hit on Boyle, then the same standard should have been applied to Burns...but it wasn't.
goon attack wrote:Utter horsecrap. That shouldn't have even been a penalty. Not only were they skating sideways along the sideboards, but had Boyle's chin not hit the dasher he would have bounced right back up like nothing ever happened. It really wasn't even much of a hit to begin with. Just a fluke thing.
Several Sharks are also saying he threatened to injure someone multiple times before that play. Now that could be just riling the other team up,
as we have no way to know what he was really thinking.
People get hit exactly like the hit on Boyle in EVERY game between two physical teams. It's a hockey play.
From NHL rulebook: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26329
A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.
There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position and if so, he must avoid or minimize the contact. However, in determining wheter such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.
Isn't a big part of your analysis that Lapierre intended to injure Boyle? If we don't know what he was thinking, then how can you come to your conclusion?
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