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Video- Head Shot Or Not- Douglas Murray On Loui Eriksson

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News

, “Colin Campbell has his hands full, that’s for sure,’’ Ott said in regards to the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, who will have to review the game. ``The Loui Eriksson hit, I think that is prototypical. He’s reaching for the hit. The big guy knows what he is doing….

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Sullyosis's avatar

I think Eriksson knew he was coming, just misjudged how much time he had.  Similar to Z’s injury from Ohlund last year.  I’d be pissed if Kronner blasted Eriksson there and was penalized/ejected/suspended.  Good no call, but dangerous play by both.  I think that one’s on the players.

Also, Steve Ott is an idiot, so don’t base anything off of what he says.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 03/16/11 at 10:49 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Looked like a hockey play to me. Eriksson didn’t take 100% of that to the head. His whole upper body absorbed it. I agree with Sully. This one is on the players.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 03/16/11 at 10:58 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Didn’t look like there was intent to deliver a hit so much as simply brace for a collision as both players touched the puck moments before contact. Eriksson was not prepared. How do you penalize or discipline that? Should those incidents even be disciplined?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/16/11 at 11:09 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Under current rules, that hit is legal.

Under a lot of the proposed rules that people have been discussing regarding eliminating all headshots, I think I’d really hate to see my guy go to the box for what happened right here.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/16/11 at 11:12 AM ET

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This one doesn’t look illegal to me. Sorry, Erikson.

The Murray hit on Vincour was much more suspicious and Heatley’s elbow on Ott was a complete bull**** play, clipping a guy on a drive-by 50 feet from the puck. TSN’s recap has both.

Posted by steviesteve on 03/16/11 at 11:56 AM ET

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It seems clear his intent was to hit him as soon as he decided he wasnt going to fall back. The hit although it wasn’t terrible wasn’t necessary as you can see if you go to the 8 second mark he could have tried to play the puck and keep it in the zone, which he probably would have taken possesion as he was closer to the puck than than to Loui, instead he went for the hit allowing the puck to exit the zone. Ultimately its just unfortunate that Loui was rattled like that.

Posted by Hockey2219 on 03/16/11 at 11:58 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

Regardless of current legality… major concussion risk. Exactly what Probie referred to as “getting his bell rung”.  If it’s on the players or just in the course of a hockey play, so be it, but we need a way to prevent that, possibly with better head protection. Come on, equipment companies.  Do some science.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/16/11 at 12:10 PM ET

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MarkK, that’s a concussion risk, yes, but that’s also totally on the player for reaching out with his head.  The opposing player has no choice here…

Just another comment; another night and again Paul you post only videos of “controversy.”  You claim to be sick of it, as I am, but this continues.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 03/16/11 at 12:24 PM ET

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The hit was totally clean in every way.  Arms in, didn’t change directions, didn’t even lean into the guy.

Completely, totally clean and legal.  Bigger guy hits little guy, little guy loses.

That people are now whining about THESE hits just goes to show how dangerous and critical an issue this is.

In this specific play, if Eriksson has his head up he doesn’t take the hit.  He got hit because he stretched out and tried to make a hustle play.  There’s nothing wrong with hustle plays… but there’s a reason shot blockers constantly have bruises and there’s a reason why hustle players get hurt a lot.

If the NHL ever gets to the point where they try to legislate all dangerous contact out of the game, hockey’s DOA.  Now UNNECESSARY dangerous contact?  That’s got to go. 

The hard part for the league is in trying to set a standard for which is which, and then educating officials to stringently call that standard.  Given Bettman and Campbell’s staggering levels of incompetence, stubbornness and generally shady dealings I have absolutely zero confidence this issue will be addressed properly.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/16/11 at 12:27 PM ET

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If that hit is suspendable then they need to look at what happened to Wallin earlier that period that leads to Dallas’s first goal.  Wallin gets hit from behind into the boards, is completely dazed, no whistle on the hit or the injured player and play goes on until Dallas scores.

Posted by GoSharks on 03/16/11 at 12:41 PM ET

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The only way to prevent it is to take hitting completley out of the game. And if that ever happens I’m done watching the NHL.  There was no target to the head. It was his shoulder hitting his head. Some people are just looking for something that isn’t there. Its a contact sport and concussions are going to happen. Its a risk that they take and most get paid millions.

The best thing the NHL can do is make players equipment smaller. I’d like to see what kinda shoulder pads Murray wears.

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 03/16/11 at 12:51 PM ET

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If Murray gets suspended it will have nothing to do with that hit and everything to do with Joe Thronton saying publicly that the Bruins don’t get punished because Gregory Campbell plays for the team.

Murray has every right to play the body and separate the man from the puck, and at the time he made the decision to play the man rather than fall back and play the puck he had no way of knowing Eriksson would not handle the puck cleanly.  Not every concussion is somebody’s fault, or the result of a dirty hit.  It’s a physical game and sometimes guys are going to get hurt, and that includes concussions.

Posted by RoneFace on 03/16/11 at 01:00 PM ET

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