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Video- Dustin Byfuglien’s Cross-Check To The Neck Of J.T. Miller

via Evan Peaslee of Sportsnet,

Late in the second period Byfuglien cross-checked Rangers forward J.T. Miller in the back of the head. The 30-year-old Byfuglien disguised it as a consequence of falling, but there’s no denying he drilled a completely defenseless player on the ice for no reason.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault certainly didn’t hide his disdain for the play when talking with the media after the game.

"(It was) violent, deliberate, could have broken his neck," said Vigneault. "I don't know what's going to happen, but it was one of the most vicious cross-checks I've seen this year."

According to Sportsnet's John Shannon the play will be given extra attention by the NHL Department of Player Safety.


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DrewBehr's avatar

What a malicious, boneheaded move. He should be suspended for at least the rest of the regular season, if not an additional playoff game or two.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/01/15 at 08:54 AM ET


Vicious and stupid. It’s not a “hockey” play, it’s trying to hurt somebody. This is the kind of thing the league should be coming down hard on and sending messages about.

Posted by Stza on 04/01/15 at 10:41 AM ET

DocF's avatar

How can the officials be so incompetent and unobservant?  This should have been 5, 10 and a game.  It should warrant a 20 game suspension, but at most it will be 3 games.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/01/15 at 11:33 AM ET

JBytes's avatar

Vicious and criminal!  He could have easily broken the young man’s neck.  In a responsible league, Byfuglien would be suspended at least ten matches.  But hey, this is the NHL; I expect him to be given a two match ban and $5K fine.

Posted by JBytes on 04/01/15 at 12:07 PM ET

Bosephus's avatar

That was pretty blatant. I’m not sure how Buff could argue that wasn’t intent to injure. Throw the book at him, we can’t have this kind of crap in the league. That could have been much worse.

Posted by Bosephus from Behind enemy lines, Denver, CO on 04/01/15 at 01:09 PM ET


WOW. When I first heard Buff was scheduled for a meeting with the league I had assumed it was for the crap he did at the end of the third period. That alone was stupid enough to warrant a suspension. This hit in the second period is beyond stupidity.

I’m a fan of Buff but this hit NEEDS a multi game suspension. There is no way to justify it. It could have caused serious injury. Just because he didn’t break his neck doesn’t mean it should be treated any differently. This nonsense, much more so than fighting, must get out of the game before someone is crippled or dies. It is only a matter of time.

Posted by evileye on 04/01/15 at 03:39 PM ET

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