As soon as St. Louis’ Maxim Lapierre dropped San Jose’s Dan
a vicious hit from behind Tuesday night, it was
clear the entire hockey world would stand up and take notice. And
by Wednesday morning, boy did it ever. And by the time the night
was over, Lapierre was apologizing, his future on the ice in
First, here’s the hit.
Here’s a shot of the impact.
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And here’s what it looked like afterward on the ice.
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So on Wednesday, the Sharks tweeted thoughts and updates on
Boyle. #WinforBoyle was trending on Twitter.
“Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots,”
Joe Pavelski said, according to CSN Bay Area via ProHockeyTalk.com.
“Dan’s a world-class defenseman, there’s straight
numbers [from behind] — there’s guys in this league
that will target that. It doesn’t matter. They just go. It
Added Logan Couture to CSN Bay Area:
“A player that probably shouldn’t even be in the league
is taking out
one of the best players in the world. That guy’s got
a history. After the first shift,
he’s yelling us from their bench that he’s
coming after us, and then he does that.
I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless. Then
he turtles. Be a man if you hit like that.
Don’t turtle and run behind the linesman.”
Then others from the hockey world chimed in.
Future Hall-of-Famer Maxim Lapierre gave a vicious
check-from-behind to Dan Boyle tonight. Another bum that needs to
be removed from NHL
Lapierre is suspended indefinitely, pending an
in-person meeting with the league. That development is significant
as most insiders believe that an in-person meeting means Lapierre
will receive a discipline greater than the typical 3-to-5-game
suspensions for hits the league finds out of bounds.
A lengthy suspension would most certainly also be related to
Boyle’s history. He is indeed a repeat offender. This hit on San
Jose’s Scott Nichol drew Lapierre a four-game suspension and a