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NHL explanation on Dwight King’s hit: Officials “didn’t deem it violent enough for a major”

Apr 29, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

Dwight King, Kevin Shattenkirk AP

Last night’s Game 1 between the Blues and Kings wasn’t without controversy as L.A.’s Dwight King hit St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo from behind on a play many felt was worthy of a five-minute major. Pietrangelo left the game with an apparent head injury and may not be able to play in Game 2.

The NHL offered up an explanation as to what referees Stephen Walkom and Eric Furlatt saw on the play and chances are Blues fans aren’t going to like hearing it.

NHL supervisor for officiating in the Blues-Kings series Kay Whitmore says that the referees didn’t initially deem the hit to be violent enough to warrant a major penalty. As for what happened when Pietrangelo was cut and bleeding from the hit, Whitmore says had officials seen it, things would’ve been different.

“There was no visible blood. If it was running down his forehead or his cheek, it’s automatic. It’s a major game-misconduct. In this instance, they didn’t see it initially right away. They didn’t see the blood running down his chin, in his beard … one of those things.”

As for supplementary discipline, Whitmore says Brendan Shanahan’s office reviews everything and if they believe action should be taken, they’ll do it. If you missed the play, have another look at it here in last night’s highlights.

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  1. ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    For your comment “many felt was worthy of a five-minute major” you offer up a link that quotes two Blues players.

    Two. Didn’t know that two constituted “many.” Always thought that two represented a “couple.”

    Anyway, you act as though you have never watched a hockey game before. The hit was from behind but there was no intent to it. It was a 2-minute penalty, nothing more. The referee went over to see if the player was bleeding but apparently it didn’t register as blood to him. I have seen the tape over and over and I can’t tell if its blood either. If it is, obviously he should have received a double-minor.

    But a major? It has to be clear intent, and obviously that wasn’t the case here. I just wish we could get knowledgeable hockey writers for PHT.

    • Joe Yerdon - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Kings fan, right?

      • ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        Yes, a Kings fan for 45 years.

        But with Dwight’s performance this playoff season, a suspension would be “addition by subtraction.” I couldn’t care less if he was suspended for a number of games…he just hasn’t played very well in the playoffs. Clifford is ready to come back and he would be a definite upgrade.

        I am looking at the tape and I don’t see the intent. You tell me where I am wrong with that assessment.

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        “a Kings fan for 45 years” ? …

        Robin: Holy jump’n angels Batman !

        Batman: Yes Robin, there are indeed more Kings fans than one realizes …

        Bravo to you sir ! That means you’ve been a Kings fan since “day one” in ’67 ? Well I’m seriously impressed as that’s even better than me, a loyal supporter of the cause since ’73 :) Anyway, your assessment of this hit is spot on. There was absolutely and positively no “intent” on the part of King … nor was there any perceived “malice” or “premeditation”. What happened was nothing more than the unfortunate byproduct of a physical game. As for Yerdon having an allegiance to the Blues ? … well I suspect you’re right about that too. To coin an old Indian phrase … “you just have to follow the cigar smoke” … :)

    • Joe Yerdon - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      As for your knowledgeable bit: There are no double-minors for boarding, it’s either a minor or a major, no in-between. If the player is bleeding from the hit, it’s a major and a game misconduct, just as Kay Whitmore explained. Pietrangelo was likely concussed on the play and bleeding from a cut thanks to the hit. The refs botched the call.

      Thanks for reading.

      • ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Blues fan, right?

        It’s in your own title: “the refs didn’t deem it violent enough to call a major.” How can you say that and also say “the refs botched the call?”

      • Joe Yerdon - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        I hope you took notice of the quotation marks denoting what Kay Whitmore said.


      • ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        blomfield, almost from day 1…fell in love with the sport at age 9, i think the first game i saw on tv was in November/December 1967.

        Kings games on TV in those days were rare events, and it was just by accident I was flipping channels on the TV (probably looking for a cartoon, LOL) and I just got mesmerized by the game.

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Ron – that’s an “excellent” history which you have with our team ! … it sounds like you may have a year on me, but I also remember back then how hockey games were a real treat to see on TV … none of this 24/7 “uber” connectivity crap like today … some of my own fondest memories of our Kings, was from circa ’74-76 when NBC would air the occasional Sunday game, featuring the likes of our Kings playing against the Flames in Atlanta or something … it’s so funny when you compare it to now … during the intermission, these guys like Babe Pratt and company would be sitting around smoking and promoting O’Sherry Cigars, while talking about the game ! :)

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Stay classy Joe

      Opps too late

      Reason #2231 why bloggers are not journalists

      Definition for professional conduct:
      Web definitions:
      Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.

      NBC is going to can many of you sooner than you think I have no doubt

      • ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        My point exactly, these guys are far for journalists…and the amazing thing is, whenever I raise a point, they get all defensive rather than actually try to discuss the point in question.


        And Joe: no suspension is going to be handed down. Hate to burst your bubble. Now move on and find some other hot-button issue to rile up fans about…like, say, NBA ref-bashing. 😐

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        You guys could put your money where your mouth is and start your own high-minded example of journalism.

        Until then, like it or lump it.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Nah, Ill point out when stuff like this happens and judge from afar thanks

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        So more useless noise from the peanut gallery. Got ya. Carry on.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - May 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Ill assume you’re Joe Yerdon under a different name since its DAYS Later and you’re still protecting “him” like his gay lover.

        Move on Loser

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Yes. Two days later. What a crazy necrobump. Guess what other loser is still here? I see you!

        Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a writer for this site to find your antics ridiculous. And kind of sad, actually.

        You don’t strike me as a “not having the last word” kind of guy, so would you like to find a more creative way to call me gay?

    • eggserino - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      You mean you missed the image of red liquid running down his neck, over his adam’s apple? Oh, that wasn’t blood? I hear that the Blues have Hawaiian Punch instead of water/ Gatorade/ Powerade on their bench. *HACK*

  2. hockeyplayoffbeard - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Can somebody explain why Walkom is still being allowed to work the playoffs? He should have been dropped after missing the call on Torres / Hossa.

  3. creek0512 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The fact that the refs didn’t see the blood running down Petrangelo’s face just further proves that they are either blind or incompetent.

  4. craigsimsrules - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I was under the impression that the officials were “rewarded” for their performance in the previous round by being tabbed to ref in the next round. Would someone please explain to me how Walkom was allowed to ref in this round if the criteria is based on performance. This is the same guy that was on the crew that missed the hit on Hossa which was deemed by the NHL as a hit that was worth a 25 game suspension. However, there was not a penalty called by him or anyone else on his crew that night. How that was missed by him or anyone else is amazing in its own right, but whats more amazing is that Walkom was deemed good enough to participate in the next round. Also in last night’s game T.J. Oshie was penalized for a high sticking double-minor. Which was a correct call, but was not made by either ref. Instead it was seen by a linesman. It was another miss by a ref that the NHL has deemed a ref capable of being in the second round. Great work NHL!!! It really shows that you guys care about player safety. My feeling is if players are suspended for these hits then the refs that miss them should also be suspended because they are just as guilty as the players

  5. missthemexpos - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Time to start playing the tune “3 Blind Mice” over the public address systems when the refs miss a call. Maybe they can be shamed into making the correct calls.

  6. blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    hopefully Pietrangelo will be okay … yes it was an awkward hit, which nobody ever wants to see … however, I fail to see any “malice” or “intent” on the part of comrade King … the referees made the correct call on this one …

  7. barcthespark - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    There have numerous illegal, dangerous hits on Blues this season and nothing came of them, so why should anyone expect anything different this time? Now if a Blue did that to Doughty, I bet there would be a suspension.

    Also, Stephen Walkom is a complete embarrassment to the game, but since the league enables him I guess they must approve of his job performance.

  8. paledevil - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Paledevil Rocks !

      hey man, I’m not sure what’s going on here ? … but thanks a million ! :) That’s one of my absolute favorites of all time ! Elvis’ singing was great in this film and Stella Stevens wasn’t too hard on the eyes either !

  9. stevedurbano - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Well, at least he didn’t grab his head and slam it into the glass, because then he would have gotten…. oh, never mind.

  10. fhuizar - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    King served his 2 minutes. Time to move on

    • barcthespark - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Maybe Kopitar or Doughty will be next.

      • ron05342 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        Neanderthal post, to be sure.

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        *** somewhere in town earlier today ***

        barcthespark: hey asshole, do you know what time it is ?

        Blomfeld: reckon I do …

        barcthespark: well let’s have it then asshole, what time is it ?

        Blomfeld: it’s time for you to be dealt with …

        barcthespark: what are you talking asshole ? … no wait ! … take it easy man !

        Blomfeld: I do this with neither malice or intent … KAPOW ! .. KABOOM ! .. KAZAM !

  11. jkaflagg - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Kings fan here….and I think we got a break, could have easily been a 5 minute major. However, since the NHL chose to give Shea Weber only a fine for VERY DELIBERATELY smashing Zetterstrom’s head into the glass, who really knows what’s gonna be called ? I hope Pieterangelo is back soon…..

  12. dmfc1112 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    When will refs be held accountable the way players are?? Who disciplines their mistakes?? The H in NHL should stand for hypocrite with the way they flip flop on discipline and penalties. Shanahan suspends based on injuries, not intent. Now, the refs officiate based on intent, not the OBVIOUS injury.

  13. bdavis14 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    So i know I’m just jumping in the middle here.. But D.King got what He deserved.. If all of you look, as he is going in he isnt even pushing if anything he is coming to a stop. Yes it was a boarding no doubt.. But he was not driving into him he didn’t continue to keep and drive his momentum into him. Yes his chin hit the bored but if you watch he stands up and skates away from it it’s not until 20 30seconds after the call was made he realized that yes he did start to bleed. The reason there wasn’t a 5 and a game misconduct was because the refs were pretty much already ready to drop the puck an had made the call.

  14. paledevil - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    “you just have to follow the cigar smoke” … yep can smell cigar smoke farther than bacon..

    “My point exactly, these guys are far for journalists” i wonder is the dinosaurs protested the cold weather No more likely these just died off little by little. Until the relevance of their presences is the same as bones in the sand…. LOL@ sports journalist being anything but hacks that regularly patrol these boards for scoops…

    Reason #2231 why bloggers are not journalists

    Definition for professional conduct:
    Web definitions:
    Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.
    You SIR are a joke Considering that last reference The “big lie” theory comes to mind

    Who needs overfed vultures to commentate on a sport when millions of fans have the same access they do

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