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Dirty hit or not? Tyler Myers

Apr 16, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

We sort of covered this earlier, but now thanks to some quotes coming out of Boston, it’s starting to get a little bit more run around the Internet. So now, we’ll pose the question to you: Was Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers’ hit on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk a dirty hit? In case you missed it, here it is.

Boychuk was vocal in his displeasure with the hit.

“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy.  He was coming right at my head.”

The Bruins, understandably so, are a bit sensitive to hits up high and while nothing came of the hit, that doesn’t generally mean it wasn’t questionable. Hits like this hang more on intent and you could say that Myers certainly wasn’t intending to take out Boychuk. Then again, sometimes things just happen.

Either way, Boston is not amused and Myers will not be suspended.  The Sabres, meanwhile, felt it was just a “hockey hit.”

“I was just playing the play hard,” he said. “I saw the scrum, and I thought he was digging for the puck. I just went to finish my check. I think it’s pretty safe to say my style is not to go in trying to hurt guys. I was just looking to finish my check.”

One man’s hockey hit is another man’s head shot. What are your thoughts?


  1. Paul Grenier - Apr 16, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    whine whine whine. That’s all Boston and their fans are good for….play the damn game!!

  2. Birdie17 - Apr 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    That was it!! That’s all! And Bruins fans are complaining about that! It sure as hell wasn’t worth a penalty, just a whine from the Bruins fans.

  3. DB - Apr 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Paul and Birdie, you should probably wait for Boston fans to whine in a post before you comment that’s all they are good for. Otherwise, it makes you look rather foolish.
    The question at hand was if the hit was dirty. When I think dirty hit, I think ill intent and I don’t think there was any ill intent. In regards to punishment though, dirty and illegal are two different things. It can be not dirty and still be illegal. He did hit him for behind a bit but not the hit him square in the numbers type of hit you usually see penalized. He did get his arm up and it looks like he hit him in the head. If he did hit him in the head, he should be penalized in conjunction with the NHLs stated goal to reduce head shots.

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