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Dan Boyle isn’t taking Maxim Lapierre’s calls

Oct 25, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

Dan Boyle, Kyle Turris AP

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is on the road to recovery after being knocked unconscious by a hit from behind by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre on October 15. One thing he’s not doing, however, is easily forgiving Lapierre.

Boyle spoke with reporters for the first time since the incident and says he doesn’t remember anything about it happening. After watching video of the incident, he’s not pleased with how it went down as Kevin Kurz of shares.

“He left a message. I think it’s been documented that I didn’t take the call. I’ll leave it at that for now,” Boyle said.

Lapierre apologized for the hit, but that and $5 will get you a coffee at Starbucks. He was suspended five games for the hit from behind.

Boyle skated on Thursday for the first time since the incident and says he hopes to be back in action before the end of the Sharks’ current road trip.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I wouldn’t either.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Have sharks fans forgotten that raffi Torres plays for their team? Are they ALL on drugs or just the ones posting here? Sharks fans with their idiot defenceman Boyle who is already falling before the hit playing all high and mighty.

      give it a rest.

      • petrolgeek - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Difference is raffi can also be very effective for the team if he stays out of the penalty box. Lapierre provides absolutely nothing else but finishing hits.

        Comprehend the fact that Boyle being off balance has nothing to do with how dirty the hit was. Of course Boyle could have avoided slamming his chin on the board if he wasn’t.
        The problem is lapierre saw boyle’s number way before he came into check him and he extended his arms to shove the player into the board.
        When you see the player’s numbers you automatically have to let off. That is checking from behind.
        You cannot extend your arms and shove someone into the board. That is called boarding.

        That is why lapierre is a dirty player and should not be playing in the nhl.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        1. I’m not a Sharks fan.
        2. You’re a dunce.

  2. joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Good for Boyle! Lapierre there is no excuse for such a deliberate hit that could have & should have been avoided considering the distance Lapierre traveled to finish off Boyle. I hope Boyle recovery is 100% and he won’t suffer from long term effects like so many players have. And, I hope SJS don’t even seek retribution. It’s not worth it.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      what kind of hockey fan are you dude? you don’t want to see the Sharks get ANY KIND of retribution on him? you’d rather it just be a league where dirty hits happen and the only discipline is from Shanahan? Lapierre needs to pay for that. Sharks get NOTHING out of his suspension. he’s not even out for another game against the Sharks. like I said, I’m waiting for the hit the Sharks give back to him. I bet it’s clean.

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        You’re right! A clean hit is fine. That’s not retribution. That’s a typical hockey play that happens 25000 a year. By retribution I was thinking of a fight. Anyway! Lapierre would turtle anyway.

      • budzo83 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Sometimes it’s better to live and let die. Watching the Buffalo Sabres still trying to get retribution on Boston from two seasons ago is not a good look. Just win, baby! That hit lit a fire under San Jose and Joe Thornton proceded to take the game over; I think that is just as good as someone starting a line brawl to avenge the loss of a teammate.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        I agree that a line brawl, or even a staged fight would be too much, and a stupid way to get back at him. But there’s nothing better than seeing a guy who gave a pivotal member of your team a knock on the noggin getting blasted in the neutral zone…. CLEANLY.

      • budzo83 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        @ibieiniid- Agreed, growing up I had pretty old-school coaches that preached the “remember his number” philosophy and I’d rather see that than a cheap shot. However, his team already responded by elevating their play and winning the game. Pests are only good at their job if you allow them to be, so why justify his existance? Personally, I think Boyle should just turn the other cheek. The best revenge is living well (I’m full of cliches today).

      • kingcobraman - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        so you want to escalate till someone is crippled….

      • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        nooooo. I want to see a clean, hard check put on Lapierre. the Blues will undoubtedly know why he got hit, and if it’s clean…. that’s the end of it. since when does a hard clean hit mean things are about to escalate?

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    idk how Lapierre could expect it to not be personal. hitting a guy while you’re reading the name on his jersey is about as personal as it gets. can’t wait to see Boyle lay one on this dude

  4. slysipops - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    what should BOYLE say? it’s okay let’s go for pizza …i’ll buy? guys like LAPPIERRE are always sorry ….after the hit! this is not the first time for him being soooooo sorry. DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS and problem causing people.all wrong-doers have an excuse or someone else to blame.maybe if justice systems gave them something to REALLY consider before hand things would get better ?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      i think before you go on with that opinion, you should separate the NHL’s discipline methods from all the other “justice systems” you’re referring to. don’t let your views on criminal punishment cloud your view of NHL punishment. he said himself that he has no excuse: “I was just trying to finish my hit. But like I said, it’s no excuse.” nor did he blame anybody other than himself.

  5. sharksfan97 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Good for Danny. Lapierre is beyond low and Lapierre’s skate by the Shark’s bench moments before the hit warning the Sharks that he was “going after them” (per Logan Couture, a credible source) is only further evidence that this gross and unnecessary hit on a world class defenseman by a two bit second rate “hockey player” (quotes intended) was intentional and premeditated. Lapierre’s lucky he’s not charged with felony assault. Get better Danny!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      lol alright Melnyk

  6. Anoesis - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Of course Boyle isn’t answering those calls. He blocked that number the first time it showed up on his phone.

  7. melissakinzel - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Really! I guess no one saw the hit on Brendan Morrow by the sharks in the same game. It was way more violent than Boyles hit and he isn’t crying! It’s hockey!

    • troutguide - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Step away from the bong! Let’s see, even if Boyle was falling,Max saw his numbers and accelerated into Boyle after talking crap from the bench. The problem is Maxim is dumb enough to tell you he’s gonna go head hunting before hand. Then hides behind the officials.What a stud. Dont worry, he will get his on the ice. Quite certain he has little or no respect from the rest of the league just like the Blues.

  8. sjsharks66 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I hope Boyle drops the gloves and gives him a clean beating. After that, let it go.

  9. 950003cups - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I hope the next puck hits him square between the eyes so I don’t have to read his primadonna quotes.

    “Oh he hit me, I won’t take his call” That punk needs to grow a pair.

    I hope he never comes back. You don’t disrespect someone when they are apologizing.

    It was clearly an accident and Boyle was just standing at the exact distance to bump his coconut. An inch here and an inch there and it’s a lesser hit than on Morrow.

    • propanesalesman - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      This is hockey, not a boy-girl dating relationship.

    • youknownothing82 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      You also are an idiot. Youtube the hits.. Marrow was looking at Burns saw him coming and turned away. Boyle was going for the puck in the corner and Lapierre went full speed in to his back as he was falling down. That’s pretty gutless. Not to mention was talking crap the whole game before that because that’s the kind of loser he is. You should actually think before you open your mouth because it makes you sound uneducated.

  10. propanesalesman - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I hope that the target on Lapierre reamains there for years.

  11. bluesfan4life - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I hope he does it again.

  12. bleedingteal4life - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Lol shameless Starbucks plug!! Anyhow lappy should be sodomized by a gorilla. Then he will be forgiven.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      And what do you think should have happened to Thornton after the Perron hit? Or what should have happened to Owen Nolan after the hit on Courtnall? Or how about Burns hit on Morrow? What because Morrow wasn’t injured, it made the hit less dangerous. Ignorant is ignorant no matter how you try to explain something. Lapierre laid a bad hit, but don’t act all high and mighty Sharks fans. Most of your players aren’t above laying a dirty hit.

      • youknownothing82 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Your name should be wannabehockeyfan… Because you do not know anything about the game. I can understand being a homer but you are ridiculous and it I am embarrassed for you reading your whiny crying post. Let me explain to you why you are an idiot…

        1. Thornton and Perron. Now I am willing to bet you are a little troll who lives in your mothers basement and do not understand that when a 6ft 4 inch man skates by a 5ft nothing midget that he is probably going to get clipped and it just so happened it was high. 10 years ago that wouldn’t have been talked about at all. And just because Perron is a soft dude he missed a lot of time.

        2. Comparing Owen Nolan or Joe Thornton to Lapierre is unexplainable and does not warrant a response. And back when Nolan did it they didn’t have the safety crap.

        3. Burns hit on Marrow, drew a penalty. Marrow turned his back on Burns. He saw him coming and turned away. Burns was committed. Got a penalty for it. Max skated full speed in to the back of Boyle, Boyle was at no time looking at him. And the fact Boyle stumbled made it worse to try and finish a check on a guy who wasn’t looking and it being from behind.

        You should just keep your mouth shut about something you know nothing about

  13. kingcobraman - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    when you sign a contract to play for millions of $$$ you take a certain risk in a physical game and you also can accept an apology or tell the guy to *#@*! …

    • youknownothing82 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Which is why the safety board and Shannys dumn@ss is stupid and ruining the game

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