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Dirty Hit By Maxim Lapierre On Steve Downie?

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The incident took place with 4:02 left in the second period as both players chased a puck to the side boards. Downie was in the lead, and it appeared Lapierre extended his arms to push him into the boards.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman said they did not see what happened and could not comment. C Steven Stamkos called it “a dangerous hit” and asked the referees why Lapierre was not thrown out of the game. “He said if Downs would have been hurt, (Lapierre) would have gotten tossed,” Stamkos said.

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First of all, Lapierre is a piece of dog shit that deserves anything he gets, dirty or not.

Second of all, Downy is a piece of dog shit that deserves anything he gets dirty or not.

Hopefully they take each other out for the season.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/14/10 at 11:51 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Schadenfreude !!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude 

Posted by Evilpens on 10/14/10 at 11:52 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Harmless.

Did he push him?  Yes.  Did he have any way of knowing Downie was putting himself in a such bad position at that same second he was acting?  No.  The puck is right there and they’re both fighting over it.

It was not a blindside hit.  Downie was not turned towards the boards.  Lapierre did not hit him in the numbers.  He did not hit him high or in the head.  He hit him instead basically in the shoulder.  And it was even a half-hearted shove because Lapierre clearly could have been much more malicious with it.  I don’t see where it meets any of the criteria for a dirty hit.

That said… I can count on one hand the number of players I wouldn’t feel sorry for if they got run into the boards with a dirty hit and got hurt.  And Downie is one of them.  He should thank his lucky stars someone isn’t trying to end his career/life out there, because he hasn’t shown that same respect to opponents in the past.

Posted by Primis on 10/14/10 at 11:54 AM ET

Twig's avatar

looks like the same play ovechkin made on campbell last year. a bit slower, maybe, but same idea.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 10/14/10 at 11:59 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

I think Downie kinda toe-picked it there as much as he was pushed. But it was still a bad decision by Lapierre.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/14/10 at 12:05 PM ET

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At worst, Lapierre might get fined. I don’t think he’ll get suspended for this. That being said, the hit was far from clean and has no place in the game.

Posted by Briney on 10/14/10 at 12:27 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Looks like a regular boarding to me.  I wouldn’t call for any fine or suspensions.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/14/10 at 12:38 PM ET

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When he shoved Downie it wasn’t while the little meathead was in a bad position. But Downie started pivoting at the same time resulting in a hard slide into the boards.

No suspension or fine should be warranted.

Besides, Downie deserves a lot worse. He’s an idiot.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/14/10 at 01:41 PM ET

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This hit is nowhere near as bad as Hjalmarsson’s hit on Pominville the other night. If Lapierre gets more than two games, Montreal should riot again.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/14/10 at 02:12 PM ET

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