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Video: Vlasic on slashing Heatley: “He’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself”

Apr 4, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

The end of last night’s Sharks-Wild game saw things get a bit out of hand between Dany Heatley and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The two got into a jousting match of sorts that saw Heatley wind up getting hurt from a slash by Vlasic.

After the game, Vlasic explained why he whacked his former Sharks teammate and says he was just defending himself. CSN-Bay Area provides us with video of the interview and incident.

As Kevin Kurz of shares, Vlasic wasn’t too pleased with how Heatley carried himself at the end of the game.

“If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back, and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself, and swung back.”

Defending yourself like that can sometimes come at a price and the NHL may come calling for him later today.

  1. gooterbaby - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    You cross checked him to the ice and then hit him with your stick when he was down. Its not self defense if you attack first. Good on him though….brilliant commentary by the guy with a goatee and a mullet…how bought you join the 21st century jabroni.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Lol at calling someone out of touch and then using the word jabroni.

      • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        LOL at ripping on the OP for using a word, rather than the actual CONTENT of his post. His post is RIGHT ON…so you have no argument.

        Also, on a side note, if you watched the whole game and saw the beginning of this play (not just the shortened video), Vlasic actually took the first swing at Heatly, Heatly swung back, then Vlasic slashed the hell out of Heaters wrist and bodyslammed him to the ice (which is actually what caused the injury I believe, the bodyslam).

      • alicesrightfootesq - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Calm down. I wasn’t ripping the OP. I just thought it was funny to say “join the 21st century” and then throw out “jabroni.”

      • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        i mean, gooter threw in a little extra that didn’t pertain to the actual story, why couldn’t alicesrightfoot? I thought it was funny….

        also, if the jabroni usage was a subtle reference to the always sunny ‘sode where they bring it back… that was funny too.

        but no, that’s not a mullet.

      • gooterbaby - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Jabroni is a hockey word if you must know… :)

    • mrbizplan - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      You’re right…that tomahawk chop was some Bush League Bull $hit.

  2. ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    This is exactly what happens when the referee’s let players get away with penalties all night on one team and call things fairly tight for the other…no way that SJ didn’t have a penalty all night to cause a PP…unless the refs just weren’t watching.

    • bustmustplus - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I agree. That game was the biggest load of crap. Wild are getting tackled, high sticks to the face (about 20 non calls total for the year for high sticks to Wild faces just look at Koivu’s eye and Gilbert’s eye), I believe Mitchell took a high elbow that spun him around for no call. Then Suter yells at the ref and gets a penalty (not in this game). Then they call Brodzy for a hook on a perfectly clean stick lift. Get it right you plunger refs. Pull those whistles out of your @sses and blow like you are on your knees.

      • bustmustplus - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        P.S. watch out for the Rupp and Konopka train Vlasic. You will being going northbound on some southbound tracks my friend.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      As a wild fan I want to say I hate complaining about the refs but it seemed a bit unfair last night.

      MN didn’t do them selves any favors in the first period and by all means weren’t working hard enough but there were missed calls, against SJ.

      It is what it is, MN would have lost the game anyhow but a point would have been huge.

      No excuses tonight against la. Gotta bring it!

      • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        Agree lordfletcher…I never complain about the refereeing unless it’s blatant, and last night (and actually the past 3 games or so) have been BLATANT!

        We have 2 guys coming out of the locker room with shiners/stitches near their EYES from non-called high sticks…quick tosses on unsportsmanlike conduct 2 times (Suter) in 2 games…hard not to notice things like that.

        Also agree with you that the Wild didn’t do themselves any favors to start…came out flat and with slow feet. Also seemed like no one wanted to/could play together until they put the Koivu/Coyle/Parise line back together again. The D was also a turd to start…Stoner’s horrible night along with Suter getting scored on like he was standing still…

        Better things to come tonight methinks, Pom coming over and the boys will be hungry after last night.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Cry me a river Minnesota. When you lose stop crying about the refs. It happens for every team. Your team played undisciplined last night. There was one legit call they missed on the sharks and that was indeed a high stick.

    Konopka and Rupp are so tough they are going to go after Vlasic? Whatever was going on with Heater and Pickles was handled.

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Again, I never cry about the refs if it’s unjustified. I agree that the Wild played undisciplined last night, but you would have to agree that the refs called that game pretty one sided unless you just aren’t looking at the game objectively. As a matter of fact, they’ve called the game pretty one sided for the last 3 Wild games and anyone who’s watched those games objectively would agree.

      I felt from the drop of the puck that the Wild were in trouble…they were playing sluggish, not moving their feet. The D was worthless in the 1st and the lines just weren’t clicking until they put Koivu/Coyle/Parise back together, but if the only penalty you saw the ref keep the whistle in their pocket for was 1 high stick call, then you are obviously a SJ homer and not paying attention to the game.

      On Konopka, Rupp and Vlasic…I’m not too worried about it. Vlasic will get his…things always come back around.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      “Pickles” is a plug. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone takes a run at him, which would be more than deserved with that baseball swing he took. I think you left out quite a few no calls….the form tackle behind the net, plenty of hooking calls that were called on the Wild, etc etc. are right, complaining about calls is pretty weak and any time your team loses you can do it. We will get you next time!

  4. credible316 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    If it was up to me and after a game like that, Stoner would be walking to LA. Absolutely dreadful. I havn’t seen that bad of a performance since Skoula.

    Bench Skoula, I mean Stoner and play Clark for crying out loud!

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Agreed credible316…Stoner was horrible last night, cost us at least 2 of the 4 goals, with Suter accounting for the 3rd. Dismal defensive performance from the drop of the puck.

    • bustmustplus - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      F walking, snip him from the team.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Haha he reminded me exactly of Skoula…”why exactly is he in the lineup?” was the same question we were asking of him….

    • krishavy3 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Absolutely lost the game for us. Stoner should be replaced by someone from Houston for a couple games. I don’t think he’s played well at all this year.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    MN fans think there way better than they actually are

    • spiciercheez - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Nah, we know it by looking at the standings…

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      “MN fans think they’re way better than they actually are” <—FTFY

      AND, we KNOW we're way better than we were LAST year…yeah, when we lead the league through the first 1/3 of the season…yep. We're better than THAT team and we FINALLY HAVE A TEAM to be excited about.

      Why don't you just stop trolling?

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Honestly, that high stick was all I saw. If Minnesota just kept their mouths shut and played they wouldn’t get those 2 minute penalties. Maybe the refs all are aware that they are going to constantly complain about every call. Also if they just play with their sticks on the ice and not around other players faces they wouldn’t have gotten those high sticking penalties.

    Instead they just go to the media and say how terrible the refs are ( which is true! ). Minnesota was off their game despite all the penalties.

  7. krishavy3 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    It’s funny, I was talking about this game last night on the NHL website, and all of the Shark fans just felt that I was complaining. The Sharks have enjoyed two games in a row with ONE penalty called against them. ONE. Which came with 53 seconds left in the game last night, with Backstrom already pulled. I’ll reiterate one more time. The Wild deserved to lose that game–there’s no doubt about that. But as a hockey fan, no team ever plays that “nice.” It’s literally impossible. Sketchy. Let the Sharks have their streak. There’s a storm coming on the 18th.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Uh…. Look at detroit… They never get penalties because they never do anything that deserves them. They just play hockey. So your conspiracy theory about the sharks who have had terrible calls before ( when it matters, like the canucks series when they were on a 5 on 3 for like 5 minutes ) minnesota is not the only team to take stupid penalties.

    You are going to lose the next game also, because your team cannot stay out of the box.

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Aw please, if you think the Wings never do anything that deserves penalties you are dreaming…

      And I agree, all teams get bad calls, no calls, etc…but it’s happened 3 games in a row now for the Wild…more of a trend than anything. I’m not blaming penalties and refereeing for our loss…as seen above, I’ve said numerous times that our D was atrocious to start the game last night and I thought our lines came out flat and sluggish. But no CHANCES on PP really doesn’t help pull a team out of a sluggish start.

      And just for your information, the Wild are only 2 minutes higher than SJ on PIM for the year:

      So you better watch out how loud you yell about a team not being able to stay out of the box…your team was just gifted 2 games in a row with no penalties called and is only 2 PIM behind mine…

    • krishavy3 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I’ll agree with you on one point: you’re right, the Wild will lose tonight because they are playing undisciplined, sloppy hockey. Please though, spare us all with your comparison to the Red Wings and “just playing hockey.” Be a little freaking objective. That was a physical game from both sides. 5 to 1 on penalties? Realistically, that same margin should’ve been the final score, too. I’m merely pointing to that fact that not seeing a Minnesota power play ONCE earlier on in the game is a bit mystifying.

  9. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Like i said, maybe the refs are aware of the constant complaining from the team. It happens when you start building a reputation of whining. It happened with crosby and the pens, it has happened in Philly and when the refs finally saw vancouvers diving team it happened to them as well.

    This stuff happens. If they just kept playing hockey and focused on the real reason they lost, they would be fine. They go to the media and blame the officiating almost every time.

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      I haven’t seen a quote from a player to the media about the referees…can you find a story where the Wild player was complaining about the refs? The only person I’ve seen accuse the Wild of complaining is you…

      I’m complaining because I’ve actually watched the last 3 games and seen the inconsistencies, and blatant non-calls but I guarantee you that I am no Wild team member, nor member of the organization…just a fan.

  10. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Didn’t Suter complain to the media like a week ago? It was on this very site.

    Oh also the way your coach acted when they evened out the Patty situation. Thinking he should have gotten 4 minutes. That is complaining also. Not to the media, but directly to officials.

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      If Suter complained to the media, I missed it…anyone have a link to the story so I can review?

      IF the complaint was about him getting an unsportsmanlike in the game last week, though…it’s a totally valid complaint, because the ref threw him before he even got a word out of his mouth. He’s wearing an ‘A’…he should be able to talk to the ref w/out getting thrown…

      Also…see you’re glazing over the points about penalties you made once I pointed out your team is right there with mine…no thoughts on that now?

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Oh, and on Yeo talking to the refs…EVERY coach talks to the refs when they don’t agree with the calls that are made…in EVERY sport…don’t act like that is something new or unique to only the Wild…

  11. geo91 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Vlasic plays like a douche. He acted like a tough guy bombing Datsyuk with cross checks last week now he “protects” himself from Heatley. Eventually he’s going to mistake someone for someone else and find himself in real trouble, just saying.

  12. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    What is your point about the wild having 2 more penalties minutes then that sharks?? I remember ryane clowe racking up 35+ alone one night against vancouver. Vlasic also got 15 PIM just last night. The sharks have more PIM than the wild did last night.
    I fail to see the point you are trying to make.

    • ignath - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      The point is that your team seems to go to the box as much as mine…so to tell me that my team is going to lose tonight because we “can’t stay out of the box” as you said, is a bit hypocritical…it seems your guys go to the box just as much as mine do…

  13. sharksman - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Alllright to all the mn fans..yes I saw at least 2 penaltys that could have been called against the sharks last night, having said that it happens to every team all the time sometimes it does not go your way. The cross checks were everywhere last night on both sides, the slashing at the end was no surprise and both teams were doing it. heatly got hurt when he was pushed down on the ice and 9 times out of 10 he doesn’t get hurt bad luck for him. heatly and pickles were going at a lot on the shift before so u cant be surprised and cross checking is allowed in front of the net because they never call it. Ask patty how he feels after getting checked in front of the net or ask tj before he scored the goal he was checked down to the ice by sutter so saying it was a badly called game (when isn’t it) is nothing new..
    pickles is not a dirty player if you think so you haven’t been paying attention to the sharks
    now if you were talking about torres…
    Look the wild lost a game, even if they would have received more pp they probably would have lost anyway so complaining about the refs is pointless
    wild just has to look towards the next game , keep moving nothing to see here

    • funkdoobie09 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Lets not say all the Wild fans, Wild had no business even being within two goals last night. Even if the Refs did make those calls the Wild would have been shorthanded with Stoner on the Ice. For God sake even Suter looked bad. Wasn’t our night, Refs had nothing to do with it

  14. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    It’s about time pickles got a backbone, it looks like he’s growing up. Pickles is the furthest thing from a dirty player. He’s finally getting tired of being picked on and he’s fighting back. Good for him, it shows he’s maturing. Heater finally thought he could play tough against someone, but not even Pickles was going to take that from Heater. It’s got to be embarrassing for Heater to get worked over by Pickles. He’s going to hear about that for awhile.

  15. bigtganks - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    “Pickles”? Really?

  16. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Pretty bad when you get worked over by a guy they call Pickles.

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