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Talking About The Cody Eakin Hit On Henrik Lundqvist

from Ruffled Lines,

Lindy Ruff up first...

On the Cody Eakin ejection:

“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second.  When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”

Stars Forward Cody Eakin

On the play with Lundqvist:

“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”

On receiving discipline from the League:

“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”

Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault

On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:

“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....

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If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...

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Paul's avatar

Steve Zipay tweet,

Guessing Eakin will be suspended 5-6 games

Damien Cox tweet,

You can’t suspend guys for playing the puck. That’s all Eakin was doing.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/16 at 07:06 AM ET

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I agree pretty much with Damien Cox here.  If Lundqvist had played the puck cleanly, he would have been out of there.  I do, however feel Eakin did some things (covered in the commentary on the video) that do desrve the usual 2 game suspension and nothing more than that.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/16/16 at 08:17 AM ET

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Problem for Eakin is that it really does look like his body goes up to target the head.

Posted by George0211 on 12/16/16 at 08:28 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

See goalie? Stop. Pretty safe decision.

Suspend him.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/16/16 at 08:29 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

See goalie? Stop. Pretty safe decision.

Suspend him.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/16/16 at 08:29 AM ET

Exactly.  Pretty cut and dry.  Any rationalization is pure BS.

He saw Lunquist, sped up and jumped up into his head with his shoulder.  End of story.

Posted by Hootinani on 12/16/16 at 09:48 AM ET

Paul's avatar

NHL Player Safety tweet,

Dallas’ Cody Eakin will have a hearing this afternoon for charging NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/16 at 10:06 AM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/16 at 10:06 AM ET

The thing they never specify is if it is in-person or telephone. Frustrating!

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/16/16 at 10:42 AM ET

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  Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/16 at 10:06 AM ET

The thing they never specify is if it is in-person or telephone. Frustrating!

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/16/16 at 10:42 AM ET

I reckon it’s pretty safe to say telephone, given such short notice.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/16/16 at 01:01 PM ET

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Yes it is a phone hearing, Eakin is on the ice for practice in Dallas today.

So unless they consider a Skype type interview as in-person, it is a phone hearing.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/16/16 at 01:05 PM ET

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Eakin had enough time and should have had enough sense to do something, anything other than elevating full-force into a goalie’s head.

So what if Lundquist didn’t have the cleanest play. It’s not like he went one way, then another, then back, making it impossible for Eakin to adjust.

He wasn’t on the wall and then he was - and that’s the moment Eakin decides he has room to “jump past him” on the wall? Even if it’s too late to completely avoid Lundquist,
Eakin makes contact in pretty much the worst possible way.

The league needs to decide both in cases like this - and in ones where a guy like Price is repeatedly being run in his crease - where the responsibility for avoiding these collisions lies. One or two games isn’t much when you can take out the opponent’s most important player.

Posted by Lefty30 on 12/16/16 at 05:41 PM ET

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