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Oooh, yeah, this picture won’t help Dustin Brown any

May 23, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

H/T to Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters for the link…


Again, here’s how Brown described the hit on Rozsival:

“I haven’t really seen a highlight of it. Rozsival was cutting to the middle and I cut across and made contact. Obviously they thought it was kneeing. I felt I got him with my shoulder. My left side and his right side all made contact, from toe to shoulder.’’

The conversation regarding Brown’s hit has spun wildly out of control, so let’s try to put it back on track. People shouldn’t be upset about the lack of a penalty (the officials might’ve missed the call, but they missed calls all night) or the lack of suspension (c’mon, that’s not a suspendable hit.)

But if they want to be upset about Brown throwing a cheap/questionable hit (which it was) and nailing a vulnerable Rozsival after the whistle (which he did — granted, it was almost bang-bang with the hit and whistle), that’s fine.

Just don’t go confusing the issue.

  1. imleftcoast - May 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    That’s not an automatic two minutes all season long?

    • goalieguy37 - May 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM


    • SmackSaw - May 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Nope. When the whistle blows, you can’t stop on a dime. Was it intentional? Yep. It’s just good hard Hockey.

      • kwells44 - May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Intentional has never been good hard hockey.

      • namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        Just ask Gordie Howe about intentional.

  2. ron05342 - May 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    It wasn’t cheap and it was barely after the whistle, so don’t paint it something it wasn’t on the sly as you did.

    The fact that the NHL isn’t even bothering with a hearing should be proof enough that all the crying is wasted on hockey fans (or blog writers) who really don’t know the game.

    • Mike Halford - May 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Caught me mid-edit. Cheap/questionable.

    • kwells44 - May 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      The fact that the NHL isn’t bothering with a hearing doesn’t prove anything. Shanahan has been taking heat for his inconsistency ever since the play-offs started.

  3. geo91 - May 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Maybe he’s just yawning

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    This is playoff hockey. Hits like this are part of that. Was it the prettiest thing ever to watch? No, but that doesn’t make it a dirty/suspendable hit. This is a physical game. Anyone whining about this needs to get over it.

    • kwells44 - May 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Knee-to-knee has been around but never accepted by anyone. That’s why kneeing is a penalty.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        it wasn’t a kneeing incident, it was a shoulder to shoulder hit

    • imleftcoast - May 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Throwing the shoulder in was clearly an after-thought.

  5. kwells44 - May 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Hockey players have notoriously long memories (remember Darren McCarty and Claude Lemiuex?). Look for Brown to be wearing a full-face cage sometime in the future.

  6. polegojim - May 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Wow… To Coyote Fans: Overworking it much?

  7. mclovinhockey - May 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Not saying there was no knee, just that first impact and main point of impact was the shoulder to shoulder.

    • namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      There was no knee to knee. It was knee to thigh. Look again at the video or don’t if you don’t want to see the truth.

  8. paranoiattack91 - May 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Get over it

  9. DED - May 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Irregardless of whether or not it’s a penalty or suspendable offense, the look on Brown’s face here (big smile, tongue hanging out) after he just injured a guy so bad that he had to be carted off the ice (and is still on the ice in the back right of the photo), shows him to be quite a d-bag. Yeah, hockey’s a rough sport. I get it. But taking delight in actually injuring someone, and getting away with it, is wrong. Scott Stevens was a brutal checker, and he didn’t apologize for it, but I don’t recall him taking any pleasure in injuring opponents.

    • namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      That is a grin? I’ve never seen anyone grin with their mouth wide open. There was a heated argument with at least one PHX player after the hit. This looks to me like he is still in that argument and hollering.

    • namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      DED – you might want to get your bifocals checked. That is not his tongue hanging out, it is his mouthpiece. By the way, Brownie doesn’t grin, he just smirks.

      • supr49er - May 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Brown does have the best smirk in hockey.

  10. gcbean - May 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM


  11. coop21 - May 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The fact the Coyotes are whining about the refs after losing 4 games to 1 shows they have a long ways to go if they’re going to win a championship.

    Funny how nobody mentiones how Mike Smith took a slash at Richards after the winning goal, and how they had an opportunity to score after a VERY questionable interference penalty on Drew Doughty. Nope. It was the refs. Puh-lease…

  12. devilscup950003 - May 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    coyotes lost this series long before that can’t go down 3 zip and expect everything to go perfectly to come back and win series…..

    • oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      exactly what i’m sayin. thank you

  13. oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. this made my day. how does that make you feel coyotes fans?????????????????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  14. bcisleman - May 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I’ll give you this much, Mike. If Shea Weber can get away with punching Zetterberg in the back of the head and if the Rangers can do it twice to Brodeur and the collective discipline for all three acts is one $2500 fine…then, yeah, expecting a suspension on a late extended knee to knee is unrealistic.

    Put it another way, Mike. If Dustin Brown can take out one of the other team’s best defensemen as he did, leaving them short benched for a series winning OT goal and the only thing that happens is Mike Halford et al say collectively, “Tsk tsk, Dustin. Bad boy…baaaad boy,” then he will make that sort of play every time. I guess the real point of having a disciplinary system is so everyone can feel better about themselves when the book is thrown at people like Raffi Torres.

  15. blomfeld - May 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM


    Yes it was tough, ruthless and brutal .. but that’s what hockey is. This play was nothing more than a mid-ice collision, simple as that .. and if people don’t like that, then they should take their sports viewership else where. If you want to talk about the “cowardly” slamming of heads into dashers, then I’m all ears. But please don’t talk to me about these “everyday” mid-ice collisions, which are par for the course …

    GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • namriverrat69 - May 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

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