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Brown suspended two games for elbowing Pominville

Apr 24, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

Kings captain Dustin Brown has been suspended two games for elbowing and injuring Minnesota forward Jason Pominville on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Here’s the video explanation from the NHL, which ruled Brown was in full control of the play and that “it was not an inadvertent elbow caused by Pominville’s sudden movement.”

Brown will sit out the last two games of the Kings’ regular season — including tonight’s in Detroit — but will be available for the playoffs.

Even though he’ll be back for the first game of the postseason (and will get a nice rest before the real grind starts), Los Angeles will still miss Brown while he’s out. The Kings currently occupy the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, which would give them home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. However, San Jose and St. Louis would still love to snag that spot for themselves.

The Sharks and Kings play Saturday in L.A.

Brown has 18 goals and 11 assists in 46 games.


  1. txhockeydad - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Brown is a true Delta Bravo.

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Finally the NHL did something right.

    • timsabourin - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      only took them 95 years

  3. wannabebluesplayer - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I think it’s a little too short because Pominville is an important piece to Minnesota. And this was clearly a shot to the head. I wish it was longer but understand he is technically a first time offender. Hopefully this will end his cheap shots on players.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      So guys should get longer suspensions based on the skill level of the other player? I guess if a 4th line guy get his career ended it should only be a fine…

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        Good point, using that scale Bertuzzi should have received only a fine since Moore was a borderline NHL player. Punish the act, not the results or who took place against, and be consistent!

  4. slumdog66 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Only two games to ensure he’s back for the playoffs. How convenient.

  5. pftbillsfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Wow, I love the NHL but what a joke. Why leniency for first time offenders? If you stab someone once, that’s plenty. It doesn’t make it worse if you have done it prior. The NHL hasn’t learned from Crosby that they need to protect the players fans pay to come and see. No one cares about defense and goaltending. Everyone misses the wide open game that has been taken away by terrible officiating and head shots

    • sunderlanding - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I don’t miss the wide open game. And leniency for first time offenders is the rule of the NHL. They don’t govern the league by the same rules the police enforce stabbing. If you don’t like it go watch gang violence.

      • bcisleman - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Thing is by rights Brown should NOT be a first time offender. He’s been allowed to get away with this sort of crap repeatedly. High time he was called to account.

  6. thailer35 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    So LA is “forced” to rest one of their top players right before the playoffs start…

    I hope someone throws him a dirty elbow while he’s relaxing up in the press box.

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Now that I think about it everyone is right. They should have made it 4 for the cheap shot 2 days earlier. I take my comment back NHL you still suck.

  8. ch1411 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    What a farce! It is incredible how inconsistent the NHL (aka Shanahan) continues to be. This was clearly a direct hit to the head. But, because Brown is not a fourth-liner (a la Ryan White) he gets off with a deuce.

    While all hits are different to a degree there should be a clear, black and white standard that ANY hit to the head by ANY player begins at five games and goes up depending on the severity/ stupidity of the offense. There is a complete lack of respect among the players and the NHLPA bares some responsibility for protecting their brethren.

    When I look at this hit and the Nash elbow from behind, Hall lumber-jacking, two-hander on the PHO player I remain truly baffled at what defines a suspension in the NHL.

    Disgraceful and laughable.

    • sunderlanding - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      It’s also borderline accident, and a first time offender. Sure in super slow mo it looks bad, but I don’t think he was aiming his elbow at his head at that spead while watching the puck. He simply lead with his elbow and thought “if he gets hit this is just the way I’m moving”. It’s a dirty play but not a malicious head shot. Two games is fair.

      • bcisleman - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Its dirty and malicious. Brown has a knack for making dirty hits look innocent as he did against Roussel the other night. In fairness, the Wild have a player named Clutterbuck who does the same shtick.

      • tgman95 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        @bcisleman I would check that. Yes cal is very gritty and loves to hit people, but he rarely does it in a malicious or dirty manner. Honestly if you watch clutterbuck, his “dirty” play your talking about is really just finishing a check, not blatantly elbowing other people. Clutterbuck is what you call a pest, not a dirty player. In fact I’m pretty sure clutterbuck and been the recipient of more dirty hits than he has given out… check you facts!

  9. tdsnbeers - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Bullsh1t, if anything this effects Minnesota more than anything else. They need LA to beat up on Detroit tonight in order to secure their playoff spot and look one of their best player is sidelined right in time. This has no effect on Pominville or the game last night where Minnesota barely squeeked through. Refs should be disappointed with themselves, including the linesmen who were right there.

  10. youngs79 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Dustin Brown is a dirty player. He was full of cheap shots last night. It is a shame goons like him are allowed in the league. The NHL will never have the respect of the other professional sports until they put an end to the B.S. Slap on the wrist is all he got. I’m losing respect for Shanahan.

  11. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Shanny: “That was a dirty, reckless hit…..five games.”

    Brown: “But…but…my name sells so many jerseys.”

    Shanny: “Did I say five? I meant two. Sorry about that.”

  12. drez146 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I agree true DB

  13. northstarnic - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Way to go NHL. Brown thanks you for his mini-vacation to rest up for the playoffs. Unreal.

  14. buckeye044 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Too bad he isn’t a Ranger. Shanny wouldn’t have looked at it.

  15. gauchomvp - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Bling Bling #backtoback

  16. thehighcountrybear - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Bang on Brendan, justice for all…

    On a related note, the Minnesota Wild filed a preliminary motion in the Fourth District Court in Hennepin Minnesota early today…?

    It would seem the los Angeles Kings left town after last night’s game while remaining in possession of several teeth belong to Jason Pominville.

    The Wild’s team lawyer slithered up to a waiting group of reporters on the courthouse steps then elaborated in stating the Wild consider Dustin Brown to be a thief and they intend on getting to the root of the matter before the tooth fairy leaves Minneapolis this very eve!

    Mr. Pominville, looking more like a real hockey player then ever, responded directly in stating ‘I juthhht wanthhh my teethhh back…to hell withhh thhhe fairy’, at which point the lawyer appeared somewhat taken aback?

    The Kings, duly served while spending a leisurely afternoon surveying the marvellous array of weed filled lots in downtown Detroit, were quick to respond in effort to avoid costly legal proceedings…

    Darryl Sutter sent the Kings equipment guy down to the Joe with pliers [ and an armed guard ] to extract an incisor, two molars and what appeared to be part of a visor from Brown’s left elbow pad?

    Conscious of team budgetary considerations, Mr. Sutter insisted on returning the teeth and visor shard to Minnesota using UPS Expedited; using that wry prairie they all know and love in Minnesota, Darryl insisted the package should be at the Excel Energy Center in time for training camp this fall…

  17. jkaflagg - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Understand that under the rules of today’s game, Brown has to be suspended…a guy gets hit in the head, they have to take him down, no matter what the circumstance…..

    When I started watching hockey back in the 60’s, I used to love watching Stan Mikita of the Hawks play against Bob Pulford of the Leafs; they would absolutely kill each other. I remember Mikita saying the most important thing he learned was to bring up his stick after passing the puck, so that if the guy wanted to hit you he had to come through your stick. Needless to say, back in that era Pominville would have been the “guilty” party; only the real tough guys took the body, and they knew how to protect themselves and were willing to pay the price.

    Regarding Dustin Brown: when a guy has as many haters as he attracts, you know he must be an awfully good player. Kings fans feel the same way about Shane Doan; they hate him passionately but would have been thrilled if he had come to LA as a free agent last year…..I suspect that many of the haters would instantly fall in love with the “DB” if he somehow ended up playing for their teams….

    • mp1131211 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Yeah, clearly the Torres also is a great player and San Jose fans are thrilled to have him making dirty plays for their team now.

  18. slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    One of LA’s best gets a rest before playoffs, meanwhile, Wild loses one of their best before the playoffs….

    The NHL needs to adopt a penalty of you lose, we lose. If Pominville doesn’t play in the first round, neither should Brown. He comes back when the player he hurt comes back, done deal.

  19. dumbassgreg - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    guess if kings had one or three games . it would probably be that amount lmao

  20. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Because its a Wild player who took the hit, commenters here think it was dirty and a cheap shot (which it was) but when it’s Wild player Charlie Coyle running around aiming at people’s heads (he’s gotten away with 2 this year) the opposing players are accused of diving, and need to man up, and “he led with his shoulder so the head hit was okay” be consistent Wild fans, either head hits are okay or they aren’t.

    • tgman95 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      actually he was tossed out of the game for one… I really don’t think that is “getting away with it”. Also the other one was at least called, and if I remember right it was either a double minor or a major. So yes he may not have gotten a suspension, but he by no means “got away with it”. Another thing to not is that they weren’t blatantly malicious hits, I remember on one of em he was just so damn big that his shoulder caught the other mans head. It honestly looked incidental (not so say that it wasn’t a dirty hit because it definitely was) and both hits both appeared to not have malicious intent, and seemed (I am stressing seemed!!) to be incidental. Remember he is only a rookie, he’s still adjusting to the faster pace game!

    • ashtongronholz8 - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Go back and look at the videos, neither of the two hits were head targets. The stajan hit was a shoulder to the chest area, only slightly the head which should merit a minor at most. secondly anisimov was leaning for the puck that’s a definite no no, anyone that plays hockey would realize its not Coyle’s job to not make the hit, unless he wants to be nice I guess. Browns hit was a blatant elbow to the face enough said. its an obvious suspension, but I much rather would have preferred a 5 minute during the game. Being a Mn fan, im not worried about Detroit beating LA tonight minus brown, because Brown is not the stud you make him out to be. Either way, minny will be in playoffs so I guess this whole ordeal is completely irrelevant.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Here’s the video, watch him lead with his shoulder directly to Stajan’s head, well after Stajan had played the puck away.

  21. blomfeld - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:07 AM


    What that bad man Brown did last night was positively “awful” and so I hope that he now pays “dearly” for his violations of human decency. In fact, all of those Kings are “horrible” men, as they never show any compassion or understanding to anyone? I hate them with all of my heart, especially because they “violated” us so profoundly last spring!

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  22. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Now that’s funny right there! Bloomie

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