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No hearing scheduled for Pouliot after boarding Talbot

Oct 25, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot isn’t scheduled for a disciplinary hearing following his hit Thursday night on Philadelphia’s Max Talbot, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Pouliot was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for this knock from behind, one that temporarily forced Talbot from the contest:

Following the contest, Talbot admitted he was falling prior to the hit, which may have played into its severity.

“I can’t really skate that well, so I may have stumbled on my feet,” he said, as per CSN Philly. “I didn’t feel like I got pushed or anything.”

Talbot said he left immediately to undergo concussion testing/protocol, but returned to the game as his head “felt fine.”

As for Pouliot, the Rangers “gagged” him from speaking following the game, according to the New York Daily News. Head coach Alain Vigneault did address the hit, though.

“I thought Pouliot was trying to go shoulder to shoulder and (Max) Talbot lost his step a little bit and fell awkwardly into the boards,” the Rangers’ bench boss explained.

  1. xdj511 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Come on Shanny… Pouliot has been awful this season. Give this guy a couple of games to get him out of our lineup! Please?

    • hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      hahaha Max is like “no no, it was me! keep him in the game!”.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    It wasn’t Pouliots fault at all. He lost his balance and smashed the boards. It just looked really nasty live, thankfully he came back to play in the 3rd period. There definitely should be no suspension. They need to keep hockey psychical……stop with the bs suspensions. I didn’t even think he deserved the game misconduct or 5 minute major to begin with.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      the sound was worse than anything.

  3. buddysguys - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    so the last two articles are about dirty hits and no one has called the offenders GOONS what gives?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      there was a comment on the Chara one that simply said “GOON”

      • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        oh that was you you dope

      • buddysguys - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        i guess humor is something that is lost on you…..did fighting cuase these hits like you claimed yesterday…you dope.

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

        not sure what you’re saying. and how the f*** would i pick up sarcasm with a one-word comment?

  4. stakex - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    The only suspension that should come from this hit is the ref for making such a terrible call. It was two players engaged while going for the puck, and Talbot lost his balance and fell awkwardly into the board… it shouldn’t have even been a penalty. Even Talbot said he wasn’t pushed.

    If refs keep making these BS reactionary calls when a player is hurt on a clean play, players are going to be afraid to hit. Just because someone is hurt when two guys are going into the boards shouldn’t automatically result in a 5 minute penalty, but it does way too often.

  5. joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Which players are going to be afraid to hit? Hahahaha! LMAO! :-) Johnson wasn’t hurt yet Kaleta got 5 games, and Kaleta wasn’t even penalized. You think he’s going to be afraid to hit? You think Scott is going to be afraid to hit? You think Thornton is going be afraid to hit? The cleanest hitter is by far Ov. Elbows in, shoulder low, and never targets the head. You think he is going to be afraid to hit? If Scott ($740k), and Kaleta ($1.25m) are afraid to hit, then it’s retirement time for them. You think they’re going to leave that money on the table. Think again!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      that’s one thing OV doesn’t get enough praise for. he’s consistently in the top 5% of the league in hitting, yet has (i think) only one 3-gamer. they aren’t pu**y hits either, that dude will level you if you aren’t watching.

  6. blackandorangeforlife - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I said it last night that this was not even a major let alone a misconduct…….Pouliot did nothing wrong and Talbot is fine….End of story!!

  7. tlow97 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Anyone else more shocked that someone gave Pouliot a job??

  8. billyhauntswizards - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    As a Ranger fan, god dammit.

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