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Did Tyler Myers take liberties with Dainius Zubrus?

Nov 16, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres are currently struggling against the New Jersey Devils, but Tyler Myers is keyed in after the first healthy scratch of his young career. Myers scored a power-play goal to end the opening frame and then clobbered Dainius Zubrus in the second period. (Not a very polite way to congratulate Zubrus for his 1,000th NHL game, by the way.)

Peter DeBoer and the Devils expressed distaste for the hit, claiming that Myers took liberties with Zubrus on that check. On the bright side, Zubrus didn’t leave the bench, so it looks like there won’t be any injury involved. Even so, take a look at video of that moment and let us know if you think Myers deserves to sit for another game – this time because of a suspension rather than a healthy scratch.

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  1. tbcrow - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    This is going to have to be a suspension, injury on the play or no. He spends over a second setting up to absolutely clobber him, and then plants an elbow square in his face. If that isn’t targeting the head, I don’t know how you could rule on it at all, doesn’t get any more obvious than that. Maybe if you painted a giant X on their face, and then elbow dropped them to the ice.

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  2. atteckus - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Its interesting because Myers is 6’8″ and Zubrus is 6’3″. That height gap makes me think that the elbow making contact to the head was not Myers intent, but rather the unfortunate confluence of events. Myers skates around, anticipating to curve back to his right to check Zubrus. If Zubrus isn’t slumping down a little as he goes to accelerate toward the puck, the elbow makes contact with his chest. Myers did once escape discipline on an illegal headshot he put on Johnny Boychuk, so he’s not really a first time offender. I predict a 1 game suspension with a lecture about keeping his elbows in.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:01 AM

      Probably right. Hard not to accidentally headshot a guy when you’re most of the way to seven freaking feet tall.

      • govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

        I’ll agree. Chara has had the same issue, more than a few elbowing calls when it’s really unavoidable at his size- someone like Chara or Myers almost has to raise their elbow just to AVOID an elbowing call. Watching Chara cover Martin St. Louis in the playoffs last year was almost comical from that regard.

        Definitely an elbow there, worth a penalty, but if he gets a suspension I’d be surprised.

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