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No further punishment for Brodziak boarding Kopitar (also, no surprise)

Dec 9, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports Wild forward Kyle Brodziak won’t face further league discipline for his hit on Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar last night.

The incident occurred early in the second period of Minnesota’s 4-2 win. Brodziak looked as though he went shoulder-to-shoulder on the hit, but still received a five-minute major and game misconduct:

The disapproval expressed by the Wild TV crew (Mike Greenlay and Dan Terhaar) was matched by Brodziak, albeit in less demonstrative fashion.

“If you’re lying on the ice for five minutes like that and play the next shift, you’re obviously not that hurt,” Brodziak said postgame. (This was in reference to Kopitar playing 1:36 of the five-minute man advantage, which the Kings failed to capitalize on.)

That said, Kings head coach Terry Murray thought Brodziak’s hit was a dangerous play.

“I was worried about that one,” he told the LA Times. “That’s a very dangerous play. You get cross-checked into the boards like that, I’ve seen too many players blow their knees, break their legs in those situations. I was very concerned about that one.

“I watch games around the league, and it’s a concern that it happens as often as it does. I don’t get it. I don’t get the attitude, the mentality of the players today. The lack of respect and the jeopardy they’re putting their fellow [players] in. In my generation, that never happened.”

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Such a bogus call to begin with and on top of that Anze is on the PP one minute later after crying on the ice for 3minutes…. Brown even was floppin later in the game, the Kings need a gut check! Brodziak hit Kopitar shoulder to inside shoulder and the offical furthest from the play made the call… At most it should have been a 2min boarding (MAYBE), but an ejection… Ref should be fined!

    • semnsportsfan - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Agreed 100%. When the play happened live last night I was livid that the ref had the stones to call that a Major and Game Misconduct…the only misconduct last night should have been Referee Misconduct for actually calling that horrible penalty.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Murray –

    “I was worried about that one,” he told the LA Times. “That’s a very dangerous play. You get cross-checked into the boards like that, I’ve seen too many players blow their knees, break their legs in those situations. I was very concerned about that one.”

    Hey Terry, you should be worried for your job, nothing else!

    • semnsportsfan - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      “Hey Terry, you should be worried for your job, nothing else!”

      And perhaps your eyesight if you think that was actually a cross-check! The hit was a completely legal shoulder-to-shoulder hit…no reason for a penalty at all…unless a diving on Kopitar for the ridiculous embellishment, then coming on the ice less than 3 minutes later!

  3. pens919209 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Wow… bad call on that one. It looked like a legal hit – no contact to the head, no hitting from behind, just a clean shoulder check. And while I’m sure it hurt, I don’t think that a penalty should have been called based on Kopitar’s reaction to the hit – which is what seems to have been the case here.

  4. treydogg97 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Damn right no further punishment, pretty sure that was covered. I could understand the boarding call, but what BS to toss Brodziak out.

  5. sippindasyzurp - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    MAYBE a 2 min minor but come on your playing a contact sport, injuries are going to happen, it drives me crazy when a player gets hurt as a result of a legal play and all of a sudden were questioning if it’s suspension worthy??

  6. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    side note… it’s time for Fletcher to start up talks with Brodziak’s agent… I want him re-signed for another 3 years before the end of the season. Would love a 3 year deal around 8-9 million

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