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No hearing scheduled for Burns after boarding Morrow

Oct 16, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

San Jose forward Brent Burns isn’t scheduled to face a disciplinary hearing for his hit on St. Louis’ Brenden Morrow in Tuesday’s 6-2 win, according to an NHL spokesman.

Burns was dinged with a boarding minor at 16:07 of the first period for this hit, which knocked Morrow out of the game, though the veteran forward did return to play 5:21 in the second period and 2:59 in the third.

According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the league did look into the Burns-Morrow incident.

“It was viewed that Morrow threw a reverse hit into burns,” Shannon explained, “and Burns won the physical battle.”

According to’s Lou Korac, Morrow was given Wednesday off practice (“dinged up”) and it’s unknown if he’ll be in the lineup on Thursday when the Blues take on the Blackhawks in Chicago.

  1. skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    This is fair. It was a penalty, that’s it. Anyone who says it should be a suspension is either a Blues fan or hasn’t actually watched it carefully. This would have been square shoulder-to-shoulder if Morrow didn’t turn away at the last split-second. First person to compare this hit to the one on Boyle needs to go become a NFL fan or something because you clearly can’t tell the difference between driving a guys head into the dasher vs an ordinary boarding penalty.

    • micasa81 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      It isn’t comparable to the Boyle hit, but it sure as hell wasn’t a clean hit. There was no reverse hit from Morrow; Burns just plain pitchforked him into the boards.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        After Morrow stopped dead in his tracks and as a result Burns momentum caused the collision. It’s not like he skated ten feet with Morrow’s numbers in his face.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Not a clean hit for sure. At best, Burns makes contact with Morrow earlier than expected but that doesn’t stop him from deciding to follow through and finish the check for a player he was always coming from behind to hit.

      • skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        I didn’t say it was clean hit. It was a boarding penalty.

      • micasa81 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Sorry, let me clarify: not a Blues fan, watched the video carefully, should have been a suspension.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Where did you see Lapierre DRIVING Boyle’s head into the dasher? Now, what Shea Weber did to Zetterberg a few years ago, that was driving someone’s head into the boards. Lapierre made a bad decision to hit Boyle in the back, but it was shoulder to back with Boyle falling. Yes, he was falling. But I will say it again since I will probably be dogged for this, Lapierre made a TERRIBLE play. However, a dangerous hit, is a dangerous hit, and the NHL saying Morrow lost a physical confrontation is just further demonstrating how garbage of a league the NHL is. They are only interested in punishing certain players, while others, namely the skilled guys, who make dangerous plays get a slap on the wrist.

      Secondly, any Sharks fan calling out Blues fans needs a reality check back to 3 years ago when the Blues were off to a hot start and Jumbo Joe decimated Perron, OPEN ICE, with an Elbow straight to the noggin. Owen Nolan also basically ended Geoff Courtnall’s career with a dangerous hit. Let’s not start pointing fingers San Jose, as your team has had it’s share as well.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        You agree it was a terrible play, but it wasn’t a shoulder to back…. You don’t put your hands between your shoulder and another player when you hit with a shoulder. Lapierre never used his shoulder. He pushed a defenseless player into the boards rather than avoid him. He had 10 feet of white ice between him and Boyle and he choose to push him into the boards. 10 games minimum I hope. Stop the finger pointing to justify hits. You should like a whiner. We’re discussing how Lapierre intentionally, and willfully pushed Doyle though he had time to react and avoid hitting a defenseless player.

      • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Joey. I re-watched and yes, Lapierre pushed, but there wasn’t 10 ft of ice between him and Boyle. Did he have time to avoid, yes, but not like you’re describing. You’re also leaving out SERIOUS bits of information. Boyle wasn’t defenseless as he knew Lapierre was coming. Watching it again, I looked at how Niemi played the puck. Where Boyle was and where he was looking as he skated across to the puck. Lapierre glided for a long while before hitting Boyle. Boyle turned his back to the hit as most players do to protect the puck, but it put him in a vulnerable position. He clearly saw Lapierre coming and decided to turn his back to Lapierre to play the puck back around the boards. Should Lapierre has peeled off the hit or try to slow up then, yes. He continued his check and it was horrid decision.

        Also, I’m admitting here I was wrong on the shoulder call, but I also said before I didn’t, as a Blues fan, condone what Lapierre did. It was a poor decision. But don’t act all high and mighty like your beloved Sharks have never done this. I was discussing the Boyle hit, but as most people do in discussions, I was bringing up facts and other evidence to validate my point. Joe Thornton willfully and intentionally elbowed David Perron in the head. Owen Nolan willfully and intentionally crosschecked Geoff Courtnall in the face. So, there is a history of this happening between these two teams. I am not whining as I think Lapierre will get what he deserves. But so should Burns, and clearly that’s not happening as that’s not how this league is terrible when it comes to officiating.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    “Burns won the physical battle” boy did he. I agreed this was a board as result of one player being stronger than the other. A board, 2 minute penalty and that is that. I hope Morrow is not too badly injured as he did in fact go into the board awkward.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Too bad that one player who was stronger than the other was also coming into the hit from behind the other player, which is illegal. If he doesn’t finish the hit like he does, there’s not much too it – but I guess you could say the same about the Lapierre hit…

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Breaking news: Lapierre will be free of punishment because three years ago Thornton got suspended against the Blues!

  4. storminator16 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Last night, I thought the Burns hit ok. After a day of reflection, I’ve done a 180. Burns had no busy using that much force with the boards that close. He knew what he was doing right there. He knew exactly what he was doing.

    20 years ago, that kind of play would not happen without some serious retribution…from the league. This kind of dangerous play has crept into the game and must be handled by the league. I blame Scott Stevens and the instigator. I’m not advocating getting rid of the instigator rule but that allowed career AHL/IHLers to carve this uber-pest niche. Players aren’t going to police themselves. These kids have evolved the game into one in which not hitting a guy square up is the norm.

    • storminator16 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      I shouldn’t have said “Scott Stevens”. I reserve that for the “shoulder-to-head, oh, these are super great for the league – says the league” hits. The Burns and Lapy-Dog hits don’t fall into these categories. They fall into “coach wants me to finish my check! – says hungry player” category.

  5. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I wonder if Brad Stuart will chime in like other SJ players have…

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