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Report: Sharks’ Boyle is alert, responsive on way to hospital

Oct 15, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks have some early good news/bad news regarding Dan Boyle, as he’s on his way to a St. Louis hospital but is alert and responsive, according to’s Brodie Brazil.

Brazil also reports that Boyle, 37, can move his extremities, which is fantastic news for those concerned about a major neck injury.

The skilled defenseman was taken off the ice on a stretcher following this hit by Blues forward Maxim Lapierre, who might face supplementary discipline from the NHL:

PHT will provide further updates regarding Boyle’s status as more information surfaces.

  1. pensman29 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    This is such a freak accident. I mean the hot doesn’t seem that bad, not really something that should result in being carried off in a stretcher. Best wishes to Boyle tho hopefully it’s not to serious.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      BS. That was a charge and a boarding. Lapierre is a piece of sh@t. He skated away and turned his back on the guy who was pursuing him. Hate guys who try to play big but make themselves little when time to answer for their dirty plays.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        Aren’t you the same person who complains about fighting?

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        Actually! I don’t care for fighting as much as I do for player safety. Lapierre doesn’t have to fight. My point is that he should at the very east not turn his back like a hypocrite after delivering a dirty hit. Stand up! And if concussions can result from elbow or shoulder shots to the head, then punches can do the same damage.

      • nhloon - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Lapierre is despicable, doing what he does best, making other guys fight his battles. Check was not advisable, also not terrible.

        Boyle will be OK, tough loss for the time being.

        Can’t wait till the Bruins play the Blues.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        It really wasn’t a check. It was more of a push to the back of a defenseless player. Looking forward to seeing AVs vs Blues and Sharks as well. How your team plays against the top teams is a true measure of the quality of your team.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.

        That’s straight out of the NHL hand book.

        It was a checking from behind, and Lapierre should have peeled off since Boyle turned himself into the boards. But don’t call it what it isn’t. My second question to you is, do you think Joe Thornton, Duncan Keith, Alex Edler, or many of the other highly skilled players who’ve gotten suspended for dangerous hits are pieces of ish? No, but someone with another or multiple suspensions is? Oh, ok, then why did the Sharks sign Raffi Torres?

    • nj666 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      You’re full of it. If that same hit were to happen to crosby you’d be calling out Lapierre to be suspended 10+ games, which he deserves for this hit.

  2. pensman29 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Sorry I meant hit not hot obviously,

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    You did not see his jaw get crushed into the boards? He was knocked out for a few seconds.

  4. hockeydon10 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Suspensions, no matter how long, generally don’t do enough to change the behavior of dangerous players. There are certainly exceptions, but more often than not it’s simply a matter of time before certain players do it again.

    The best way to punish teams and players to are repeat offenders is to force the team to play with a short bench. In this case, if Lapierre is suspended the Blues can only have 19 players for the duration of the suspension (including the two goalies).

    With the current system they’ll just call up some bubble player that more than likely feels his only shot is to show everyone how tough he can play or some prospect they want to get a few games of NHL experience. By making the team play with a shortened bench it ends up being a punishment for the suspended player, his coach, his teammates and so on.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Really can’t do that. Dressing less than 19 players with put player’s health at risk. Imagine if STL would have to play 2 games in 24 hours or 3 games in 4 days. Not good to play with only 17 skaters. Teams role 12 forwards and 6 d when playing 5 on 5

      • jennettalia - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        Health? It’s common to have 3-5 guys on your team skate less than 10 minutes in a game. No reason they can’t split that 1 guy’s 15 minutes up between 19 people when some plugs play 5 minutes a game. Can’t get behind health being put at risk.

      • hockeydon10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:59 AM

        That’s why “punishment” is defined the way it is.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        So 5 guys at 9 minutes each. That’s 45 extra minutes other players have to take on. Like I said, teams can I’ll afford this when play 2 games in 24 hours.

      • hockeydon10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Health? You’re obviously not concerned about player health if you’re not open to changes that get hits like this out of the game.

        Also, they should stop employing the dirt bags that put them down a man.

        Plus, teams have played games this way for weeks at a time and still managed to do just fine. (Calgary did it for half a season.)

        And jennettalia addressed this with some of these guys barely playing anyway.

        And where are you getting 5 guys at 9 minutes each? (your backside) What team has 5 guys suspended at one time?

        And if they’re putting so many guys out that are making suspension-worthy infractions, the team needs to be punished anyway!

        In the case of this story Lapierre is playing about 12:30 a game. Split that up among the other 11 forwards and you’re looking at a couple extra shifts per game.

        We all know how hockey players hate getting more ice time.I’m sure those 4th line guys would hate hate hate to have their ice time bumped from 5 minutes all the way up to 6:45.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        Hockeydon10, couple of things here. I’m i really not concerned about player safety or is it that I just don’t agree with 1 less player in the line up. If you believe I’m unconcerned with player safety then you need to read my post again. Teams don’t start games with anything less than 20 players dressed. That’s why they carry extra playes and have an affiliate team. 5 players suspended was an exaggeration to make a point. Say it were 2 players. It the same math. You don’t win games by bumping up ice time for the 4th liner. Anyway. Dropping a player is a stupid way to punish teams. Move on!

  5. sjawesome - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I’m glad he can move his extremities. That was scary to watch.

  6. Stiller43 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    With the way boyle kinda stumbled, it made the oncoming likely innocuous hit much more dangerous…

    I’d like to think its a simple regular play gone wrong (because of the hitee, in fact).

    • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Pause the video immediately after Boyle turns to get the puck in the corner and you’ll see Lapierre is 10 feet away. Plenty of time to see Boyle’s numbers and avoid a push on a defenseless player.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        That I do agree with you on. Lapierre had to time stop. I will counter with so did Joe Thornton coming out of the box before hitting Perron.

  7. Stiller43 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Best wishes to boyle, btw

  8. buffalo65 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Sure glad they fought after the hit. It should never happen again because fighting acts as such a great deterrent.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Yep. Clearly the number of dirty hits is going down on a weekly basis because the players are policing the game. Not!

  9. jhaegs - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Blues fan here. Best wishes to Boyle. The play happened very quickly, and Boyle had turned just prior to the hit, so I don’t think Lapierre meant to board him. Hopefully this ass-kicking wakes up the Blues’ special teams, and I look forward to playing the Sharks again. We’ve had some great playoff battles… LGB

  10. stakex - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Its no doubt a push from behind, and a terribly unfortunate result with Boyle’s jaw hitting the dasher board like that. Not sure there will be any sort of major suspension coming from the hit though. It wasn’t a clean hit, and will probably draw a game or two…. but it wasn’t an amazingly dirty hit, and if there wasn’t an injury on the play it wouldn’t have even been a penalty.

    On that last point, I do think reactionary penalty calling needs to stop. Neither of the refs had their arm up until well after the hit. If Boyle got right up, there would have been no call. The five minute penalty is appropriate in this case, but far too often there is a clean hit that results in an injury and the refs hand out a penalty after the fact because of said injury.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      So. WTF is it. You spin like a bloody politician. You talk from the both sides of your mouth. It wasn’t a clean hit but it wasn’t amazingly dirty. Do you think “amazingly dirty hits” is in the rule book and subject to a suspension? BS, refs don’t give penalties on clean hits. Refs may make bad calls or bad no calls. It happens. That’s why the NHL uses video reviews after games to assess the severity of “amazingly dirty hits” vs “super amazingly dirty hits”.

  11. joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    And it doesn’t matter that the ref’s arm didn’t go up right away. They are expected to concur with the linesmen and assess a major penalty if warranted. Lapierre deserved what he got, and hopefully he will get suspended. You can’t drive a guy into the broads from behind. Period,

  12. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    0:45 into the video “Lapierre is bleeding profusely as he goes off the ice…”

    Good work Sharks!

    Now, lets just hope Shanahan does the right thing and throws the book at that punk. One of the most wreckless guys in the NHL. Already nabbed Kaleta for 10 games, Lapierre deserves even more for this.

  13. hosewater2 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Another Shark who knows contact is coming and does nothing to protect himself whatsoever. You teach that McLellan or what?

    Hey Pelech, way to stand up for your guy by getting manhandled in the proverbial ensuing melee!

  14. peehergriphon - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Pelech is dumass but ho’swater is classless dumass with his clueless comments.

  15. LampyB - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    This hit was not a mistake. Boyle turned around, but lapierre continued with full force, he didnt make a move until after boyle had his back turned. This hit deserves a full 10 games.

  16. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM


    How can you possibly call that a “charge”? No one had possession of the puck until right before the hit. Please look up the definition of a charge for me… well, for yourself. A lot of talk coming from fans that cheer for Raffi Torres. Just because he hasn’t done anything “lately”, doesn’t mean he is totally changed man. Give him time- he’ll slip up again.

    • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Look it up yourself. Charging is based on distance traveled and violently checking an opponent into the boards.

      • hockeydon10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Yes, looking it up is good advice.

        You’d be right if you took off the “into the boards” part. The boards aren’t required to be called for a charge.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        I would be right? What I wrote was a rough description of the rule, not verbatim. Perhaps you want to ask the NHL to change the rule book.

        “Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.”

  17. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Likewise. Best wishes to Boyle. Tell Hertl to keep his head up (literally). I like how he plays, but he’s going to get himself killed. He was reaching for waaaay too many pucks last night, and put himself in some bad positions.


  18. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I don’t need to look it up. Boyle DIDN’T HAVE THE PUCK. Lapierre was racing to get it, Boyle won, Boyle got checked. Guess what, if Lapierre got to the puck first, he would’ve been checked. Would that have been charging on Boyle?

    • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      “Would that have been charging on Boyle?” Grade school example! 😉

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