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Dave Bolland says his hit on Mike Richards was clean

Jun 1, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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While Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and Mike Richards were reluctant to comment on the hit Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland delivered late in Game 1, the agitator insisted that it was a clean check, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns reports.

“It’s a quick game. It’s a hard-hitting game. Just the way it is,” Bolland said. “You get hit. It happens. It’s happened to me.”

The 26-year-old might have a point.

He’s suffered from substantial injury concerns and Richards has delivered some controversial collisions of his own (see: Booth, David).

We’ll see if the league agrees that this hit was just one of those things that happens or a suspension-worthy infraction. In the meantime, judge it for yourself in the video below:

  1. adambballn - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Looks like hockey to me… See nothing wrong with the hit.

  2. sharkmaster88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Nope I think it’s a seven games series suspension otherwise the NHL and Shanahan are the biggest jokers and crooks in the world

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Yep, they’re completely the same, and previous history has no impact on punishment.

      Also, the sky is purple and pig crap taste like cotton candy.

    • illinoishockeydad - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      sharkmaster88 – until you have “laced them up”, and I don’t mean figure skates, keep your opinions about what is a dirty hit to yourself. I gave and took harder hits when I was playing peewee many many years ago

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      7 days would be entirely inappropriate. The hit did not target the head, and a key thing in NHL rules, it needs to go “through the body”. While hitting with the back is unorthodox, Bolland was likely suprised by the reverse. If you’re a Kings fan, I found find your “sentence” entirely inappropriate. Kings captain Dustin Brown was given just two days when two games in a row he went for the head of a player with his elbow, without any attempt to “hit through the body”. Then in the 1st round, he went for both the knee and head of a Blues player who’d been causing the Kings problems, fortunately missing with both.

  3. jimw81 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Dave Bollard, c’mon down, your the next contestant on “NHL’s Wheel of Justice!”

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Clean hit

  5. nofunleague - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    he left his feet. big fine coming

    • stakex - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Leaving ones feet does not automaticaly make a hit dirty/suspendable or even make it a penelty for that matter.

      Besides, theres no such thing as a “big” fine in the NHL. Players can only be fined up to 50% of one days salary, and no more then $10k. The average person pays a much higher % of their yearly salary if they get a traffic ticket.

  6. jr507 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    even though the occasional tool will say the playoffs should be called the same as the regular season they shouldn’t be and aren’t (unless you are Crosby and need a PP).

    This hit would lead to a suspension in the reg season, but should have been let go in the final minutes of a conference final – however that assumes the refs wouldn’t go make a call and a retaliatory slash that should have been let go as well seconds later.

    Be fair and/or let the boys play.

  7. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    People need to quit complaining about every little hit. It’s hockey and ur making a mockery of our sport. Go watch basketball if u wanna complain. It’s fans like u that are turning football into a sissy sport.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      At least with hockey, unlike soccer, “embellishment” is a penalty that is actually called. Hawks had none called all year. Vancouver on the other hand…

      Miami Heat are known to “flop”. For a good grin, check out on Youtube “Vlade Divac & The Art of Flopping”

  8. cubbiebeer - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    His left foot stays on the ice and Richards exposes his own head by moving his shoulders back trying to avoid the hit. The main contact is between the 2 players hips and its just an unfortunate consequence of hockey that Bolland’s back makes contact with his exposed chin while finishing through the check. Richards himself has delivered dozens more checks that were far dirtier and more vicious than this was! Bolland shouldn’t see any kind of discipline for this good clean hockey play.

  9. dadawg77 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    The initial point of contact isn’t the head so no suspension coming.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    It appears that some are not familiar with the rules currently in place. This is an NHL film with a lot of examples

  11. kingsforever - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Left his feet. And yeah let’s ask theyuy who did the hit what he thinks….what do you think he’s gonna say?

  12. sharkmaster88 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Illinoishockeydad I have laced them up and I have no Fing problem taking you on RAFFI didn’t target the head Stoll dropped his Bolland left his feet and hurt the guy end of story A$$

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