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Watch: Blue Jackets’ Dubinsky ejected after running Kings’ Scuderi from behind

Feb 5, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky could be facing disciplinary action from the league after he drilled L.A. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi from behind, face first into the end boards.

The incident took place in the second period of Tuesday’s Kings-Blue Jackets game.

Scuderi was going back for the puck and had his back turned to Dubinsky, who went in to finish his check. In doing so, he drove Scuderi’s head into the boards.

Dubinsky was given a major penalty for boarding and was ejected from the game, but not before he and Kings center Mike Richards dropped the gloves.

This wasn’t the first time Dubinsky and Richards have fought.

“Well, I didn’t think I was going to have to fight (Brandon) Dubinsky anymore. I’ve already fought him five times. I can’t get rid of this guy,” Richards told Mayor’s Manor in July of 2011.

Scuderi returned to the game, sporting a wicked shiner around his right eye.

The Kings won 4-2. Richards completed the Gordie Howe hat trick (a fight, goal and assist all in one game) with a goal in the third period. It was also his first goal of the season.

  1. drewsylvania - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Gutless puke kind of hit.

  2. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Dubinsky has always been an over rated punk.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    No need for that. Lots of time and he still decides to forearm Scuderi’s head into the boards. Suspend him.

  4. stakex - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Its a nasty hit no doubt, but it wouldn’t suprise me if no suspension comes from it (won’t suprise me if it does either). While its a hit from behind, there are a few factors that make it look worse at real speed:

    1. Scuderi ducks really low at the last second, putting his head about even with the dasher board. If he doesn’t duck like that, Dubinsky could never have hit his head.

    2. Dubinsky could have really drove him into the boards, but he doesn’t. He does deliver a small hit from behind, but he rolls out of the hit and doesn’t drive through it.

    3. Scuderi slams on the breaks at the absolute last second, which may well have thrown off the timing of Dubinskys check.


    With all that said, its still on Dubinsky to not hit the guy in the numbers… but such plays happen all the time. If Scuderi doesn’t duck down and his head doesn’t hit the dasher…. there probably wouldn’t have even been a call on the play.

  5. manchestermiracle - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Apparently word hasn’t gotten around the NHL (or on here, for that matter) that any hit to the head won’t be tolerated. The league is trying to avoid going down the same road as the NFL in regards to vast numbers of punch-drunk veterans.

    Dubinsky’s hit, no matter what Scuderi did prior to it, resulted in a head shot and that isn’t going to be ignored. The Sharks’ Desjardins deserved his penalty as well, no matter how many on here think it was clean. It wasn’t. The onus is on the hitter to avoid the hittee’s head in every instance.

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