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Henrik Sedin admits Dustin Brown’s hit was clean

Apr 16, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown absolutely clobbered Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin tonight with a check that was more than a little bit derisive. The majority of the people in the “dirty” camp believe that Brown delivered a late hit. Plenty of people gave the check a thumbs up, however, and Henrik Sedin apparently is in that group, according to Jason Botchford.

Sedin was able to return to the game after missing a surprisingly limited amount of time. He seemed to have a nice impact on the contest, although Brown ended up getting the last laugh with the game’s only tally.

Vancouver didn’t win on Sunday and there will be plenty of people who are disappointed that the Canucks are down 3-0 after winning the Presidents’ Trophy for a second consecutive season, yet it’s likely that their captain silenced talk of “softness” for a long time to come.

Take one more look at that whopping check and decide if you agree with Sedin’s assessment:

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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    I love playoff hockey.

    • dipthatchip - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      yep, this series is epic

  2. bcisleman - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Technically clean, but seemed chippy to me. Reminds me of a hit by Talbot on Comeau last year that was a factor in the brawlgame. Seemed to wake Nucks up and could have backfired. Hard to believe Nucks are down 3-0 to LAK who they have owned in the past.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Here’s my take on it: the point of contact is fine, it’s not a headshot but there is some issue with it being late, as Henrik had time to pass the puck, then turn around to go to the bench before he got hit.

      What I don’t like about the hit is the fact that Henrik did have to turn around immediately prior to the hit to get the the bench. Why is that bad? Because that’s the only way Brown hits him in the chest. Brown had him lined up the whole way with #33 being the only thing he can see, rather than it being a reaction to Henrik having turned around. What was Brown going to do if Henrik didn’t turn around? Slam on the brakes and hug him? Run right through him anyways?

      – If he did have enough time to setup the hit only once Henrik had turned around (or stop if Henrik didn’t), it was definitely late and very much like Rome’s SCF hit in that it was otherwise clean.
      – If he didn’t have time to react to Henrik turning around, then he was clearly planning to hit him from behind, which is also an issue.

      Either way, it’s clearly something that warrants discussion around supplimental discipline.

  3. ray2013 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    If I was advising Sedin, I’d have told him to say exactly what he said. It was a clean hit, even though CBC kept showing the forearm of Brown to the throat of Sedin and saying it was late. They don’t get anywhere by complaining about the fairness or unfairness of the hit. Maybe we could get a moratorium on the lame Sedin sisters comments for a while. Probably not though.

    • eggserino - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      Forearm to the throat?! Please. Take a look again. Brown went in, arms down and used his full body to check Sedin. As the check ended, he extended his arm, which was clearly in Sedin’s chest, to gain separation. Sedin’s chin came down and chest bowed in from the impact. Perfect body check form. As for a late hit? Watch it full speed. Can you count two seconds between the time that Sedin lets the puck go and Brown destroys him?

      I believe that the Sedins have well proven their toughness level. No need for rude comments.

      • ray2013 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Did you watch the game on CBC? I did. And they showed the hit almost ten times, in slow motion, from different angles. And the announcer says, looks like Brown got him in the throat with his forearm. Then they focus in on the forearm to make the case that there was a forearm to the throat. It doesn’t really matter at this point.

        I live in western Canada. Fans of teams other than the Canucks almost always refer to the Sedins as weak, and as sisters. Henrik showed a lot of toughness getting up and staying in the game. So I wasn’t making rude comments re: the Sedins. Just that maybe fans from other teams could stop questioning their toughness for a little while.

    • bbgustaf - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      That and the fact that they can’t cry foul after Aaron Rome’s cheap a@# hit on Horton in the cup finals last year

      • elvispocomo - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Ah, but that was a late hit that was otherwise clean, as stated by Mike Murphy, who was doing Campbell’s job (as his son was playing and he couldn’t rule on the series). This was similar in that regard, except Henrik wasn’t watching his pass, he was turning around to do a line change after having made the pass. Should the only difference betwseen suspension and no suspension be that Horton was concussed after hitting his head on the ice, while Henrik didn’t hit his head as hard?

        Neither were headshots/charging/boarding/elbowing, the usual suspects in suspensions for hits, but both were after the pass. While Shanahan has his own process that will differ from Campbell/Murphy, it shouldn’t be markedly different to where one hit is 4 games in the SCF, but another is nothing.

      • jvollandt - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        As much as I hate to say it, I am a ducks fan so nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see the Kings get stomped like a narc at a biker rally but I have to laugh about the posts regarding the CBC showing so many angles and the hit so many times to try to prove it was something illegal or should warrant a suspension. The game flows in real time with real people making real quick decisions based on perception. You can play almost any sport in slow motion and find an angle that supports a given argument.

        And other comments that “what else could Sedin say” – Canuck fans have to accept they are getting their butts kicked and stop reaching for excuses. Don’t blame the media, don’t blame the refs, bad ice (my personal favorite since the first two were in Vancouver!!!), karma, voodoo dolls, or any other figment of your imagination. Man up and play! The series is not over and if the Canucks and their fans spent as much time and energy working on getting back to winning hockey as they do finding excuses, they can still win this series!

        Also – I gained a ton of respect for Sedin, he came back far quicker than I thought he would and anyone who wants to question his (or any other hockey players) toughness, put on the gear and let someone hit you full force before you call anyone a pussie! Hockey players play through pain far more than most athletes so give them all the credit they deserve.

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