San Jose Sharks defenseman and Ottawa native Dan Boyle was stretechered off the ice after having his head driven into the boards by St. Louis Blues forward and noted weasel Maxim Lapierre. The former Canadiens and Canucks forward has a reputation for being the type of player who toes the line and often crosses it, and this in another time where the department of Player Safety should throw the book at a player who can play the game but often chooses not to.
There is finishing your check, and then there is making a late hit after the puck was gone, and this hit falls into the latter category, and with the 10 game suspension handed to fellow weasel Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres earlier today, here is another chance for Brendan Shanahan to send a message that these types of hits are not acceptable.
Lapierre saw nothing but numbers when he made the play, and Boyle’s jaw was driven right into the dahser-board. Lapierre was given 5 and a game for checking from behind, and hopefully by the time he is undressed Shanahan has left the Blues a message about the in-person hearing.
Hopefully Boyle, who is a contender for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team and a veteran of previous Games, makes a quick and full recovery