Fallout from the Lapierre hit begins


Update: Maxim Lapierre was
suspended five games by the NHL on
Friday.

As soon as St. Louis’ Maxim Lapierre dropped San Jose’s Dan
Boyle with


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
limbo.

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.

And the Sharks, who saw phenom Tomas Hertl take


a suspension-earning blow to the head
from
Vancouver’s Alex Edler less than a week earlier,


sounded like they had enough
.

“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
sucks.”

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.

And finally, the NHL weighed in.

Officially,


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
$14,000 fine.

Later Wednesday,


Lapierre offered up an apology
after
practice.

“First of all, I would like to apologize to Dan. You
never want

to see someone feel that way and, as tough as it is to
look at

for the fans and his teammates, I feel the same way. . . .
I never [thought]

last night it was going to be a hit to the head or it
would be that big a deal . . .

I was just trying to finish my hit. But the game goes
fast. It’s not an excuse.

You have to be responsible for your hits and I was the one
doing the bad hit last night.

He even reportedly tried to call Boyle to apologize.

—The Associated press contributed to this report