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Video: Wild’s Coyle gets ejected after Anisimov hit, Dubinsky fight

Apr 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle‘s extended family showed up to see him play for 17 seconds on Saturday, but at least that mini-shift was highly eventful.

Coyle delivered a questionable hit to Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov, prompting teammate Brandon Dubinsky to drop the gloves:

Coyle received a match penalty and fighting major for the hit. Meanwhile, Dubinsky received a game misconduct and two-minute minor for instigating along with his matching fighting major.

Anisimov has yet to return to the game. As always, his condition will likely play a role in whether or not Coyle, 21, receives a fine or suspension.

While some debate whether or not that supplemental discipline will come, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo reports that Wild GM Chuck Fletcher questions the ejection altogether.

  1. petey39 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Anisimov put himself in a bad position, it’s not Coyle’s fault for playing aggressive.

    • rsmaggiemae - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      I was at the game near the hit, and they both went after the puck with Asimov head down and Coyles arm up with the stick… it was not intentional at all by Coyle…
      It was a BAD call by the refs…. both were just trying to get the puck
      Coyle is not that type of player at all, that hurt our game with Coyle out
      I feel sorry for his family who came to see him play…
      17 seconds of fame…

  2. mnwildfan15 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    So it’s Coyle’s fault that he didn’t pick his dad up in time??

    • stakex - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Yes, yes it is actually… at least thats how the NHL views it.

      At the start of the play, its on Coyle not to hit Anisimov in the head. It doesn’t matter what Anisimov does, unless he makes a sudden move that makes him vulnerable. Does he have his head down? Yes… but its not as though he ducked into the hit. The whole time Coyle is lining him up, Anisimov had his head down.

      Now thats how the NHL views it. Personaly, I am a firm believer that a player needs to take responsibility for skating with his head down, and I think serious punishment for plays like this will just encourage more players to skate with their head down. Its counter productive to stopping head injuries.

      • gooterbaby - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        This would be true if it wasnt Coyle who touched the puck first. Anisimov is reaching when Coyle touches the puck. Coyle has nowhere else to go except into the boards so he stops stands up (doesn’t even leave his feet or throw an elbow) then protects himself from an expected hit from Anisimov who for some reason keeps his head down.

  3. mnwildfan15 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Head not dad

  4. cameltoews - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Yeah it is his fault. I don’t think the hit was that terrible but yes he is looking right at him. He knows his head is down and he still hits him there anyway. He could have let up easily.

    • petey39 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Yeah because we want our players to let up just in case someone might get hurt. I’m sure golf is on right now.

  5. rgledz - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    He hits him with the shoulder fort crying out loud. Should he just step to the side and let him skate by?? “Oh, he’s got his head down and I’m tall so I’m just gonna let him get by me…..somebody else will take him off the puck.”. What a joke, Dubinsky is a joke too for stepping in and fighting. It’s hockey boys, checking is legal. You don’t like it, get after him and lay a check on him. Fighting because a teammate gets blown up legally is bush league. Shouldn’t have been a penalty, much less an ejection. Refs suck this year.

  6. wicky888 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Looked like a normal check to me

    • josephdj9 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Yeah, totally agree. I did not see it on tv (only saw the clip above) so maybe the refs saw something different, but it totally looked like a clean check, sholder to sholder.

  7. withseidelinn - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    The announcer is an idiot, he won’t be suspended. Props to Dubs for droppin em though. Gotta love CBJs heart.

    • credible316 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Props for what? Jumping a rookie after a perfectly legal hit?
      What a chump.

      • withseidelinn - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        This isn’t women’s hockey bud, obviously it looked bad to the guys on the ice, that’s why he stood up for his team mate.

      • credible316 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Yeah, he really showed Coyle by getting his ass kicked, bud.

  8. 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Accidental head contact at best. Don’t watch the puck so intently you forget there are opposing players on the ice, and this won’t happen to you. Animisov zeroed on the puck and completely lost track of how close Coyle actually was.

  9. banky74 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I watched this hit live and I’ve watched it half a dozen times on the clip above. This is absurd. Anisimov in his offensive zone and apparently looking for loose change on the ice. Coyle could have legally ended his night and instead gave him a little love tap with his shoulder.

    If I were Coyle I’d be expecting a thank you card in the mail from Anisimov’s family.

  10. williplett - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    How do you give a match penalty-and a possible disciplinary hearing-to Coyle and absolutely nothing for that slash, even though Hall has already been suspended this season? The complete randomness of this system will eventually bite this league in the ass. I know they think fans are so dedicated that they will swallow anything, but this is pathetic. Yikes.

  11. jacketsfan7 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    First off it was a somewhat dirty hit and who the hell has a name like cameltoews? Lol that’s awesome

  12. csilojohnson - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Injury shouldn’t have any say in the disciplinary process. Very slippery slope.

  13. kgod30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    FULL BODY CONTACT…CASE CLOSED…no further penalty for Coyle.

  14. cameltoews - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Hahah thanks jacketsfan

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