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Video: Saku Koivu helped off ice after Brandon Dubinsky hit

Oct 27, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu needed help off of the ice on Sunday after a high hit by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky. Koivu won’t return, according to various reporters including the Los Angeles Times’  Helene Elliott.

Dubinsky was ejected from the game and received a major penalty for interference. SBNation uploaded video of the hit:

However the league feels about that check, the bottom line is that a significant injury for Koivu could make a tough situation worse for Anaheim.

Elliott points out that Corey Perry might have hurt his ankle during the second period of Sunday’s contest. Dustin Penner‘s making progress – he skated with the team in Columbus – but still isn’t ready to play.

So, the Ducks could very well be down a line’s worth of quality forwards if Koivu and Perry miss some time. Tough breaks for a team some believe is still riding some good luck.

  1. buckeye044 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Interference maybe. Game misconduct, no way. Elbow down close to body, shoulder didn’t hit head.

  2. cincycbjfan - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Hope Koivu is ok… never want to see anyone hurt!

    That being said, watch the “hit” in slow motion… Dubinsky got a Game Misconduct FOR JUST STANDING THERE? Never left his feet, didn’t “target” his head… just stood there and absorbed Koivu’s hit! With the CBJ’s luck, he’ll get a 20 game Shanaban!

    Refs really blew this one… one of several “bad” or “missed” calls in this game. Sad state of NHL officiating…

    • areaman714 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      I am guessing you are watching a completely different video. I saw no player just “standing there” . . .

      • cincycbjfan - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Yes, I was… took the time to see a good quality version of it… judging by the thumbs up’s, others did the same thing!

        Saw the instant replay, several times, in Hi Def, while watching the game… Koivu barrels into Dubinsky, whose arm raises up as a direct result of being hit. Dubi didn’t “target” him at all…

        Agree with the other commenters here that this was a total knee-jerk reaction by the on-ice officials. Should be reversed on further review, but knowing Shanahan, Dubi is looking at a ridiculously long, totally inappropriate suspension. That’s how it rolls with mid-market, marginally successful teams…

  3. LampyB - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Difficult to tell without further replay, but it didn’t actually look like dubinsky made contact with the head. Wasn’t a late hit, Koivu wasnt paying attention. I could be wrong, but Koivu was standing upright and thus went down hard…not sure an ejection should have taken place.

  4. superross - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Saku is the man. I wish he was still a Hab!

  5. sjtorpitt - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Overreaction from refs because Koivu was down. Definitely not worthy of a major.

  6. areaman714 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I am thinking the CBJ fans on this thread also are convincing themselves that their teams also won this game . . .

    • buckeye044 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Nope. But that call played a big part in the outcome

  7. stakex - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    What a surprise… another reactionary call from the refs just because a player goes down with an injury. This crap really needs to stop. Eventually players will just stop hitting for fear of being thrown out of the game should the guy they hit ends up hurt.

    What the league needs to do is start suspending refs that make major errors like this. Such bad calls can cost teams games, and that shouldn’t simply be accepted.

  8. scottybcboy - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Nothing better than a player making a clean hit and then embarrassing the opposing player who comes to make him ‘pay for it’!

  9. esracerx46 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    It’s almost 2014….And this is the best quality video we can get??

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      It’s Columbus, they just got cable last year.

  10. gmenfan1982 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Maybe a second late, but not to the head, and not worthy of a game misconduct.

  11. hockeyflow33 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I think you’d have a hard time proving a minor for a late hit let alone a misconduct.

  12. shortsxit34 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Everybody complaining about the refs–the article doesn’t mention that the refs didn’t even make the call. They had a conference with the linesman and then linesman made the call.

    A Linesman has to be absolutely sure to tell a ref that a major was committed…and he absolutely blew the call.

  13. ironmd778 - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    No problem with that hit. If you see “dirty” then you don’t know what you’re looking at.

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