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Buffalo’s Ennis on ‘dirty’ Simmonds hit: ‘I wish he got suspended’

Mar 15, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

Tyler Ennis returned to Sabres practice on Thursday — his first since being hammered by Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds on Sunday night — and shared his thoughts on the hit that knocked him out of action.

“It was not the best play by him. I wish he got suspended or fined or something,” Ennis told the Olean Times Herald. “I wasn’t happy with it. I’m not happy that he didn’t.”

Here’s the hit in question, in case you missed it:

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Ennis left the game, didn’t return and was held out of Tuesday’s tilt against the Rangers with a head injury.

Simmonds, meanwhile, didn’t receive a penalty for the check, but did receive a five minute major for fighting Sabres defenseman Mike Weber in response.

Ennis received stitches to his head and was wearing a non-contact jersey in practice but, according to Buffalo head coach Ron Rolston, is a “strong possibility” to return to the lineup Saturday when the Sabres take on the Senators.

Just don’t expect Ennis to forget the Simmonds hit anytime soon.

“I had a problem with that one,” he said. “I feel like he was on my numbers the whole time. I feel like he kind of launched into me.

“I thought it was dirty.”

  1. yougotgirouxed - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    It was his own fault he got hurt.

  2. sewell1977 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Deal with it

  3. girouxvy - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM


  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I dont like Simmonds, but it was not his fault. You turned your back. Now the schenn boarding was a possible suspension.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      How can you turn your back to someone who is already on your back?

  5. deeznutz3d - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I’d love to have Simmonds on my team, one of the hardest working guys in the NHL, never takes a shift off.

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Dear Mr. Weber,

    If you’re going to make him fight, the idea is to make him pay for what he did – not boost his ego.


    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Spoken like a guy who never played a shift of meaningful hockey in his life.
      FYI the idea is to show your teammates you are willing to stick up for them, win or lose.

      You and 4 others atm are those fringe hockey fans who like the game but really don’t understand the players.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Alright bud let’s NOT pretend to know each other, or what our hockey experience has been. Or pretend to know more than the next guy on here about hockey. I read all those “you don’t know anything about hockey” comments and all I can think are those comments are from guys who are clearly 12 years old playing Pee Wee or from the most arrogant, obnoxious and useless class of society. Those that know more than everyone else…how pointless for the rest of the minions to argue. I will withhold any further opinion about YOU as a person, because I don’t believe, for all your “meaningful hockey experience” that “misterchainbluelightning” was mentioned in the article/video that I was commenting on, nor do I believe you’ve ever, for all your meaningful hockey experience, been mentioned in an article on hockey.

        In this case, Weber stuck up for him by continually bashing his face off of Simmonds’ fist. Don’t go through the motions of sticking up for someone “just because”. Make the Eff’er pay, if you’re going to do it.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I gotta agree with hockeywithdrawal. What’s meaningful hockey to you may not be meaningful to anyone else. Just because you play in some adult league or played pee wee growing up doesn’t mean you know more about the game than everyone else on PHT. Yes you should stick up for your teammates but it probably would’ve been more effective if someone like Ott dropped the gloves.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Yes it does and yes I do. Lemme guess you’re the type of loser that gets run over by a guy, and a teammate comes to fight the guy who did it and you’re unappreciative unless he wins.
        So I’ll repeat, only some buffoon who never played a team sport in his life, criticises the guy for sticking up for his teammate like the above poster.

      • orangandblack - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Right on hockeywithdrawal, 100% agree! (I can’t believe I just said that)

  7. jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    it sucks being 5 foot nothing in the nhl sometimes…dont make it worse by whining about it later.

    • dipthatchip - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      you’re thinking of Gerbe…but Ennis is not exactly on the tall side either

      • buddysguys - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        also Gerbe was Boarded that night too….that one got a penalty…..

  8. riles1008 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I think that camera angle makes it look like it was Ennis’ fault, not totally sure it was. Wish there was another angle though

  9. mclovinhockey - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Nothing wrong with the hit until Ennis turned mid hit. I thought between that and weber skating from one end of the ice to the other to star a fight with someone whose back is turned to weber after the whistle…. Webers was a bit more of something that should have been a suspension. If simmonds did not turn to see this guy coming at him weber prob would have ended simmonds career.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Except that Simmonds was looking at his numbers, literally the entire time.

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        no, not the entire time. He was behind ennis, so he saw his numbers, put himself next to him so they were shoulder to shoulder, then moved in for the hit followed by ennis putting his numbers to him again less than a sec after simmonds went in for the hit.

  10. mclovinhockey - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Btw is there no video that shows the replay? It’s hard to see what happened at that speed.

    Pretty much simmonds was behind Ennis, then got next to Ennis and went to hit him from the side and Ennis started turning after the hit was coming. I think initial contact is shoulder to back of the shoulder due to the turn.

    Can’t blame simmonds for getting next to Ennis and not knowing Ennis was going to turn.

    I can see why Ennis is upset but only sabres fans thought that was worthy of suspension.

  11. eagles512 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Suspend Ennis for cluelessness. Wasn’t even close to dirty.

  12. travishenryskid - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Simmonds was looking at his numbers 100% of the time. That’s all you need to know, regardless if Ennis turned or not. You can’t do that, hit someone and then say it was clean.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      All of these thumbs downs, someone please explain to me how I am wrong. It’s basically the first thing they teach you when you learn to check, if you are looking at his numbers, don’t hit him. Either a lot of homers or a lot of clueless people.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I think you need to watch the video a little closer. They are CLEARLY shoulder to shoulder then Ennis turns the exact second Simmonds makes contact. Nothing about that play is illegal or dirty. The Luke Schenn hit I won’t argue about, but that play didn’t warrant a penalty and certainly isn’t suspendable.

    • dmccarrie - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I have to say I disagree with you. While at one point Simmonds was behind Ennis he was shoulder to shoulder with him at the point of contact. As Ennis was about to be hit he turned and got slammed forward instead of sideways into the boards. I would say the ‘awkwardness’ that he hit him stems from the turning motion that Ennis was initiating as the hit occurred. Had Ennis keep on his path none of this would have happened the way it did. It would make sense to me that Ennis was unaware that Simmonds was there and that he was about to be hit and that would be why he thinks it was a dirty hit.

      Not saying that Simmonds is incapable of a dirty hit now and then but this one wasn’t dirty, it was unfortunate timing.

  13. buddysguys - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    it was a hit from behind deserved a 2 min penalty for the hit no suspension but definitely a penalty.

  14. bruinpred - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I say let’s strap on our visors and play some Broad Street Bullies hockey – you know, until the playoffs start.

  15. schenn10 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Is this dude serious, Ennis is a dumb ass he did it to himself, thats like the cardinal rule never turn your back before you get hit… you basically ask yourself to get boarded

    • buddysguys - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      the cardinal rule is don’t turn your back to someone because they will hit you from behind?

      • travishenryskid - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        The cardinal rule is don’t hit a guy when you see his numbers. Nice try.

  16. banger60 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    that’s what fighting is for, not John Scott, you fight him!

  17. bagjr387 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Could Simmonds back off a little and “nudge” him? Maybe. Its a tough situation, and the intent to injure was not there like in the later Gerbe hit…

    It is the NHL. If player let up on someone like that, it would mean losing the physical edge to the game.

    I am a sabres fan, and I have to say, sometimes you can’t put yourself in that situation, Sorry ENZO, but you are wrong…

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