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Marc-Edouard Vlasic might get a call about his hit on Danny Briere (Update: No call)

Feb 29, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

Last night’s Flyers loss to San Jose saw the Sharks score just one goal but also saw an ugly hit.

Late in the third period, Flyers forward Danny Briere was hit from behind by Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The hit put Briere head-first into the corner boards and down on the ice. Vlasic somehow was not penalized for the hit and as’s Tim Panaccio reports, Briere avoided injury on the play. That doesn’t mean Briere is feeling good about how it went down though.

“I never expected to be bulldozed there. It was scary. I was fortunate that it wasn’t worse that it was.

“I was just lost there. I kinda flipped around. I was dizzy there for a couple of seconds. I had no clue what happened.”

The Flyers are fortunate Briere isn’t hurt as he’s had concussion issues this year. Of course, concussions don’t always make themselves known immediately either.

As for the hit itself, see for yourself courtesy of CSNPhilly. This seems like the sort of play that would get Brendan Shanahan’s attention.

Update: Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News says there’ll be no hearing for Vlasic.

  1. nogoodtomedead - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I understand the effort to protect players- but what is Vlasic supposed to do? Briere slams on the brakes 5 feet from the boards with Vlasic right on his back. Vlasic isn’t a dirty player- just one of those scary moments that are gonna happen in a fast, physical game played on ice in skates.

    And I don’t want to sound like I’m blaming Briere, but he’s the one who puts himself in a bad spot there- if he has concussion issues take that puck into the boards and protect it- D-men aren’t gonna back off and give you space to deke-and dance your way into open ice.

    • bowens3181 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      I don’t want to come off as a d*ck, but this is one of the stupidest comments I have seen on this site.

      First of all, acting like Vlasic’s only possible course of action in that situation was to shove Briere in the back is ridiculous. He could have tried to go around him, he could have waited for Briere to get closer to the boards before applying the check, he could have tied him up and waited for help from his teammates to arrive, etc. Acting like this is Briere’s fault because he stopped suddenly is ridiculous. Players stop suddenly near the boards all the time and if hits like this happened every time someone stopped in such a manner, the concussion issue would be much worse then it already is. Stopping suddenly isn’t against the rules, but pushing a player head first into the boards, especially since Briere had his back to Vlasic the whole time, is.

      Second of all acting like it is Briere’s responsibility to not ut himself in a position like this because of his concussion issues is absolutely laughable. How can a NHL player play the game at an even remotely competitive level if he has to constantly trying to make sure that he is not in any remote danger of re-injuring his head. It is not Briere’s responsibility to not put himself in positions where is vulnerable to a dirty hit, rather it is Vlasic’s responsibility to, when presented with the opportunity to apply a dirty hit, to instead either back off or try and disengage Briere from the puck in another fashion.

      I’m not calling Vlasic dirty. In fact Vlasic is one of the sole NHL players who i have met more then a couple times, as he went to the same Montreal area high school that I did, and was only a few years older then me. He is a nice guy and I have never seen any evidence before now that he is a dirty player. However this hit was bad enough that even without a prior record, Shanny should still suspend him for atleast 2 games. Any less and the system will be proven to be as much of a joke as when Campbell was in charge.

      • sharks123 - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        To act like Briere had nothing to do with the hit is just as rediculous. Vlassic could have done things differently but so could have Briere. Just seemed a bit of an awkward play. Doesn’t mean Vlassic is innocent on the play, I just think that’s a very dangerous place to stop. Kind of in no mans land. Maybe the refs didn’t call it for a reason. I’d love to hear their take.

      • nogoodtomedead - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Wow! Passionate! All I’m saying is does the new emphasis on protecting players mean that anytime I’m withing 5-6 feet of the boards I can turn my back and nobody is allowed to touch me? There’s playing safe for both players- offensive and defensive- Briere put himself in a bad situation- and then cries about “getting steamrolled”- just watch out when you play hockey and your the size of a garden gnome

      • nogoodtomedead - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        In fact- I just watched this clip several times again- Briere swoops in to take vlasics line to the puck away- and slams on the brakes- if this was a car accident Briere would be under investigation for insurance fraud

  2. gsprulz - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    if Vlasic gets suspended, Rinaldo better be getting suspended on that head shot no call to Galiardi. Vlasic did nothing wrong there imo, Briere didn’t protect himself properly going that hard for the puck. At worst should be a fine, it’s on Briere at the end of the day.

    • sharks123 - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Flyer fans have no problem with the Galiardi hit since it’s not their player that was hit. Maybe they like to dish it out but can’t take it.

  3. unmatchedsock - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    There were 2 hits on Galiardi that went uncalled – the head hit and a knee-on-knee later in the game.

    Vlasic is not a dirty player, and there was no intent. If anything supplemental is handed out it should be a fine, not a suspension.

  4. shutyourfivehole - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Yeah, OK Philly fans. Little Danny gets pushed in the back 8 feet away from the boards, tucks his head, and hits the boards. So Vlasic didn’t factor in that Briere is so light on his feet. Briere ducked. So your guys aren’t gonna hit anybody anymore? And let’s also revisit the knee-on-knee and the head shots that your fair sports dealt out, shall we?

  5. sheckyrimshot - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    at least flyers fans can spell their players names correctly

  6. sharkhaywood - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    The Flyers fans are killing me on here. Briere told the media after the game he was trying to set a pick on Vlasic so Jagr could get the puck. Briere was making no attempt to play the puck and instead chose to try something that could result in a penalty (interference) by setting the pick. One of the smallest guys on the ice decided it would be a good move to stop 4-5 feet from the boards and initiate contact with Vlasic thereby putting himself in a very dangerous position. Should it have been a penalty? Probably, but the game was being reffed by Mike “don’t call a damn thing” Leggo. There were only like 3 penalties called the entire game. One being at the end of a period where Winchester and Simmons got into it. Winchester gives him a shot after the faceoff and then Simmons responds with a right to Winchester’s chin. Result of the play? Only Winchester got called and the Flyers got a power play. There were also 2 blatant non-calls on hits on Galiardi in the game as well. Just to make the Flyers fans even happier the league looked at Vlasic’s hit and there will not be a fine or a suspension.

    • freebie717 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Based on your reasoning that Briere shouldn’t have put himself in “a very dangerous position” by stopping on the ice to play the puck (yeah, I’m not sure where you get your info, but I saw an interview today where Briere said he went to play the puck), I guess the Rinaldo hit was clean. Galiardi probably shouldn’t have put himself in such a dangerous position by putting his head down and taking a slapshot with a guy about to hit him.

      Now that sounds like dumb reasoning doesn’t it? Do you want to rethink your argument?

  7. sheckyrimshot - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    you spelled simmonds wrong.

  8. xxakshunxx - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Guys listen, the hit isn’t what’s important.. It’s making sure these players names are spelled correctly.. That’s the only thing that matters in life

  9. taytay099 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Clearly boarding and possible suspension. Really no reason to be pushing Briere from behind into the boards like that. Dangerous hit. If you pause the video at 1:02 he clearly it clearly shows Briere doesn’t have the puck and he’s a good 6 or 7 feet away from the boards.

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