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Jarret Stoll might see league discipline for hit from behind on Ian White

Apr 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

Jarret Stoll AP

The Los Angeles Kings are already playing in the playoffs shorthanded thanks to an ankle injury to Anze Kopitar and losing another centerman would do nothing to help them try to beat the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs. During last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose, Kings center Jarret Stoll delivered a hit from behind to Sharks defenseman Ian White that might see him getting a call from the NHL.

Stoll boarded White while he was looking to fish out the puck along the boards behind the San Jose net and ended up smashing Stoll’s head into the top of the boards where the dasher meets the glass. The ugly hit put White down and he was removed from the game and did not return. There was no penalty called on the play. (Video here)

CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil reported on Twitter after the game saying that the league is looking into the hit and that White is not feeling well. Sharks players are not too happy with the lack of call on the play and the fact that White is hurt. Sharks coach Todd McLellan was able to keep it all in perspective.

“We did have a chance to look at it,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. “After the game we got a really good angle from right behind the glass. There was a camera right there and the good news for us is the league is looking at these types of things. They take them very serious. The bad news is we lost a very good defenseman that we count on.”

Ian White was playing in his first career playoff game and going out like this is unpleasant. For the Kings, should they lose Stoll to a suspension of some kind, youngster Oscar Moller would likely slot into his position in the lineup. Moller was a healthy scratch in Game 1 in favor of tough guy Kevin Westgarth.

Suspensions in the playoffs in the past have always been seemingly softer compared to regular season plays because the games have  a much greater immediate impact on the season. Plays like this in the past would either net no suspension or a one game ban. With a hit like this and an apparent head injury to White, it seems likely that Stoll would see some sort of action taken against him. Losing Stoll for even a game really amps up the pressure on the Kings to find ways to score and with Kopitar out, that’s already hard enough.

  1. themohel - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Not a fan of the Sharks – they messed with my Hawks in the off-season. That said, the Kings should lose their guy for the rest of this series. The league MUST find a way to get its message across, and one game ain’t gonna send the message.

    • cshearing - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      I think the hit was fairly border-line, but definitely over that line. I think 1-2 games is plenty; that’s 7-10 regular-season-equivalent games. Too bad this had to come from Stoll, a player that has already been on the other end of a couple of these hits and has dealt with concussion problems himself.

      • themohel - Apr 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        I don’t think Stoll had malicious intent – he’s no Cooke, for sure. The trouble is that teams aren’t too afraid of losing a so-so player for 1-2 games to try to intimidate (or injure) a Crosby, Sedin or Kane. Losing the player for a longer time might provide a different approach. Regarding the 1-2 games is like 7-10 logic – the same thing goes both ways; the player he injured could be out a few games, which could cost a team a series (I don’t think the Kings would win anyway).

    • bluelinemike - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      Sorry there, Hawks fan.
      The Sharks did not mess with you in the offseason. Your cheapskate Hawks don’t have any money. That’s why they cleaned house.
      Get your golf clubs ready.
      You only have 3 games left in the season.

    • bluelinemike - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Hey there Mohel (from Seinfeld???Shaky the Mohel?)

      Don’t know if my last post went through, but nobody messed with your Hawks in the offseason.

      They don’t have any money, so they had to let everyone go.

      Now you stink, and will be playing golf next week.

  2. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    I’ll be upfront and say that I’m a Sharks fan. My first reaction to the hit was outrage — obvious being a fan of the team. After the game, I sat back and tried to view the hit from a neutral perspective — how would I feel if I was watching the game from a non-partisan point of view.

    I have to be honest: it looked more than malicious to me. White wasn’t moving, he was just standing there. Stoll had plenty of time to size him up and purposefully delivered his forearm directly and forcefully to the back of White’s head, pushed him into the boards with it and continued to hold him there. Then, while still holding him, he began to look around for an official to see if he’d been caught.

    My perspective on this is that LA knew that, without Kopitar, the only way they were going to beat the Sharks in this series was to “BEAT” the Sharks — make it a street fight and get San Jose out of their game. Terry Murray’s comments before the game seem to indicate he wanted it that way.

    As someone who has suffered 13 concussions myself through various sports growing up, I’m sensitive to the head injury issue and it’s time to see whether the NHL is serious about punishment on that type of a hit. Stoll should be done for the series. White probably is — there’s no reason his punishment shouldn’t match that.

    As for the Blackhawks fan who doesn’t like us: dude, you swept us in the Conference Finals last year — you have scoreboard. Go take care of Vancouver for us. (By the way, went to the United Center for a game this year — love it out there.)

    • number77d - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Sanjosecupcrazy – what about when it’s one of your guys delivering the cheapshot? How did you feel about the elbow that got Heatley suspended late in the season? Or how about this beauty from last year’s playoffs against the Wings when Doug Murray didn’t get a penalty called on him for this cheap shot to the head of Franzen?

      It goes both ways.

      • number77d - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        and let me go on record as saying I’m against headshots in the NHL. I think Stoll should get at least a game for this one. But I also think this same play happens 40 or 50 times in every game, and most of the time the guy doesn’t get his face mashed into the glass. I think White was off balance and Stoll didn’t realize it. Of course he meant to hit him, but I doubt he meant to crush him like that. NHL has it’s hands full after all the Matt Cooke debacles and the free pass they gave Chara late in the season when he almost killed Pacioretty from Montreal. Not sure how they could justify bouncing Stoll for a whole series when Chara essentially got a pat on the back and a handshake from NHL.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:57 PM

        LOL, did you really just pull a hit out of the archives from last year’s playoffs? I think Link Gaetz had a cheapshot somewhere in the 1992-93 season that I could probably find on YouTube as well. I’ll search for that….

        As for the Heatley situation earlier this year, fan sentiment here was that he definitely got what he deserved and I think another game or two there was probably warranted.

        That Doug Murray hit, when broken down from a different angle, showed that he got him shouler to shoulder and Franzen had turned to look at him when the hit was delivered. There was no blow to the head. Completely different situation.

        I love the Red Wings and their fans — come out there every year for a game and actually have a Darren McCarty jersey — so no further comment about that series necessary. Just think we’re looking at two very different situations. That shot on White last night was horrible, whether you’re a Sharks fan or not.

    • donkeyball - Apr 15, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      If L.A. planned on making it a “street fight” then they sure did a piss poor job of it. I would think there would have been 4-5 other offenses instead of one singular episode.

    • themohel - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      Really good points about head shots – I guess I thought is wasn’t too bad because he didn’t launch at him, but I did call for him to be suspended for the series for the reasons you state. I don’t really dislike the Sharks – even though the Hawks swept I think the Sharks could have won three of them. So I have plenty of respect for the Sharks. I’ll be rooting for you against either VAN or Detroit for sure. I was referring more to the contract offered to The Hammer that we had to match, perhaps costing us Niemi. Nothing wrong with it, just wish it hadn’t happened! Have a good one.

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