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No discipline for Stoll on Fowler hit; Stoll defends actions

Feb 3, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Cam Fowler during Saturday night’s 7-4 loss to the Ducks.

The hit was arguably the most controversial moment of Anaheim’s wild win — early in the second period, Stoll nailed the Ducks defenseman into the boards, and the result was not good:

The hit itself was somewhat overshadowed by the Bryan Allen-Jordan Nolan fight, but the aftermath wasn’t — Fowler left the game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return, much to the consternation of the Ducks.

“If you saw the replay, Stoll hit him pretty good from behind,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told the OC Register. “And I can understand why the refs didn’t call it. One was getting taken out. There’s another fight going on.

“But surely, you know, I saw the numbers when Stoll hit him. It was right from behind.”

Stoll defended his actions, saying he was actually trying to guide Fowler into the boards.

“I was just trying to carry him in and not go full bore at him,” Stoll explained (via Mayors’ Manor.) “So, I tried my best to do that, so we’ll see what happens.

“I didn’t want to push him in, so that’s why I grabbed the jersey a little bit.”

The Ducks haven’t given an update as to Fowler’s health. The entire team had a full day off Sunday, and team officials didn’t expect to update his status until Monday.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    That’s a pretty picture he’s painting of his own actions. He grabbed the jersey well before Fowler started going down, he grabbed it to slow him up, then extended his arms for the SOLE purpose of shoving Fowler into the boards when Fowler did start to go down.

    I don’t know much about Stoll, not commenting at all about his play. But that was a really dangerous move. Didn’t seem clean at all, from an impartial point of view.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      If you’re skating directly behind the puck carrier chasing him, and he hit the breaks hard, you’re going to hit him every single time.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Alright, I can see your point.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I hate hits from behind near the boards, but I keep watching it and man, if Fowler doesn’t break, the hit doesn’t happen. and I mean the second he breaks Stoll hits him. Stoll doesn’t have a chance.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I could see that defence if Stoll hadn’t gone full into the boards, hitting Fowler when he stopped up to prevent him from getting by him. He pulls his jersey to guide him in? Please, that causes him to stop up more and be in an even more dangerous position because he’s off balance and lower so that when Stoll does hit him (and he actually drives through the hit, it’s not just incidental contact) his head is going into the boards.

    • 19to77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      This is something the NHL has to fix with the rules somehow. I’m not saying I know what the solution is, but the players can’t reasonably be expected to avoid situations like this. Stoll would have had to react just about instantly to dodge Fowler there – and this same problem unfolds every other night, it seems. The players can’t help it, so the League has to think of something.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    They are skating together with Stoll right behind him, Fowler hits the breaks, Stoll braces for it and hits him. Can’t fault him much for this.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      That gets into a very gray area…”I didn’t mean to break his neck…I was just following him and bracing for it”…nah, doesn’t work for me.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Just saying if I’m skating with the puck and you’re chasing me, I can make you hit me every single time unless you’re a mind reader and know I’m about grab an edge and come to a stop.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Or is someone going to tell me that Fowler didn’t cause this himself the second he grabbed an edge with a player in pursuit directly behind him?

  3. ron05342 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I was at the game, it was wild…the Ducks are a great offensive team, but laughable on defense, and a high-scoring game is totally predictable.

    They are like Pittsburgh West.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Pens are 7th in the league for fewest goals per pame, also 7th best in fewest shots per game…

      But you don’t have to make any sense, now do you? You’re happily anonymous.

      • ron05342 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        And you are happily without vision. It’s a long season, even if shortened. Pittsburgh will get it back together.

        I was just giving my opinion. Nice to see even the mildest of opinions get trolled around here with morons like you who having nothing better to do.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I do understand that you were just making some comment completely unrelated to the article, and that’s also fine, I was actually just refuting your point that there was something wrong with Pittsburgh’s D. There isn’t.

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Just like when he destoyed ian white into the boards during the sharks series? He needs to let up on his hits from behind.

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