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Blues’ Lapierre suspended five games for boarding Boyle

Oct 18, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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St. Louis forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended five games for boarding Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle during a 6-2 loss on Tuesday, the NHL has announced.

Lapierre, 28, was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit, and has already served one game of his suspension (Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout win over Chicago), as he was prevented from playing until his in-person hearing with the NHL’s Player Safety Department, which occurred on Friday.

In his explanatory video, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan noted that Boyle’s loss of balance contributed to the collision, which ended in a “violent result” causing “serious injury.”

That said, Lapierre didn’t escape culpability.

“Lapierre uses his arms to finish [Boyle] high and in the back, causing Boyle’s jaw to hit the blue dasher on top of the boards, and knocking him unconscious,” Shanahan explained. “At no point does Lapierre see anything other than Boyle’s numbers when he decides to finish him on this check.”

Here’s the video. It’s worth a watch, given Shanahan goes into great detail about what constitutes boarding and how the hitter (in this case, Lapierre) bears responsibility, especially if the hit “causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously.”

It’s also worth noting that Lapierre’s history was taken into account — he was suspended in 2010 for a similar boarding incident against Scot Nichol.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Lapierre will forfeit $28,205, money that will go the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Lapierre is eligible to return to the St. Louis lineup on Nov. 1, against the Florida Panthers.

Update 6:31 p.m. ET

Interesting note here from TVA’s Louis Jean about Lapierre’s meeting at NHL headquarters:

  1. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Good riddance. RELEASE THE KRAKENELL!!!!

    Or Porter… Or Pajaarvi…

  2. sabatimus - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    So Shanahan took into account Lapierre’s history even though he’s not a repeat offender according to the CBA? That strikes me as odd. I wasn’t sure he could legally do that. I also disagree that Lapierre had Boyle’s numbers the whole time, since Boyle turned his back to Lapierre in order to play the puck correctly.

    All this said, Lapierre still violated the boarding rule and 5 games is about the minimum I’d give him.

    Now I’m just waiting on the sickening Kronwall hit…

    • joey4id - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      C’mon! There was ten feet of nothing but white ice between Lapierre and Boyle when Boyle had his number’s in Lapierre’s face.

      • polegojim - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        No kidding… no mistaking seeing ‘NUMBERS’!!!

  3. dwwlax - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Lol this is a joke, a hit like this gets 5 and kaleta gets 10 for something that shouldn’t of been a suspension at all, ppl who think it was just hate on buff or kaleta. Hits like this, players shouldn’t be able to play till the injured player returns or at least ten games. on kaletas hit Kaleta went for a shoulder hit n Johnson try’s to contort his body backwards to avoid hit leading to kaleta making mild contact to his chin. No elbow.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      How did you manage to fit so many stupid comments in one post?

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Wow…. I cant believe getting off the bench to fight is 10 games and drilling someones face into the boards is 5.

    • polegojim - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I agree with you on this one… seems backwards…

  5. sjsharks66 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    To clarify I understand why they made that suspension so hefty but when it comes to player safety this is more dangerous than a brawl of players fighting.

  6. dwwlax - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Watch the replay , kaleta doesn’t change his path at all. Johnson does last second. , and oh yea im not a big kaleta fan just think its bs, just like that horrible suspension last year, players are starting to dive on everything, hockey mite turn into the new soccer if Shan stays at his position

  7. slysipops - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    the guys a hack….it got him dumped off the CANADIANS years before. 5 games? why not 5000 !

  8. skr213 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I would like to have seen more games, but this is a fairly decent result and I can’t fault Shanny on his explanation (which is more than I can usually say).

  9. savior72 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Joey, 10 feet of ice and numbers in his face don’t add up dude. Just sayin…

  10. savior72 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Your boy turned his back on Lapierre to try and draw a penalty and got his jaw jacked for it. Bet he won’t try that again.

    • velocettereed - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Nobody likes to see a player get injured from a check “however” this is hockey and if Boyle was not crouched down it would have been a ho hum check.

  11. gsprulz - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    5 games…just another check against Brendan. I understand he takes the heat but, they need to change into a more universal structure so the accountability is more accurate.

  12. matt14gg - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    It’s a good to see Shanahan obviously despises Max LaPierre as much as everyone else. This is a hit that would have gotten most guys 3 games, but Shanny piled on a bit, because it was Lappy. If you ever wanted a poster boy for “the wrong way to play the game” this guy would be it. He’s a dirty player, he’s sneaky, he fakes injuries, he cheapshots guys (and usually smirks about it afterward) and worst of all, for the most part, he won’t answer for his actions unless he has nowhere to run and he absolutely has to. I love that final tweet about “educating” Max on his play. It’s a conversation he’s needed to hear for a long time.

  13. Anoesis - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    “Part of the in-person hearing w/ Lapierre today was to educate him on his play. He was warned last year to cease hitting from behind.”

    I immediately got a mental picture of a couple of ex-special forces guys with steel bars “edumacating” Lappy in a language he can understand.

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