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Report: No hearing planned regarding Dupuis’ slash on Kelly

Dec 8, 2013, 7:13 PM EST

As Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said, the NHL faces some tough decisions regarding handling discipline from Saturday’s game between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Apparently Pascal Dupuis‘ slash on Chris Kelly won’t be one of those considerations.

At least, that’s how it appears at the moment, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe reports that there isn’t a disciplinary hearing planned:

The “as of now” is worth noting, although it seems like the case is probably closed, even though the slash landed Kelly, 33, on the LTIR. (Kelly cannot return anytime sooner than Jan. 2.)

Mike Cole of NESN passes along a possible clip of the slash (H/T to Puck Daddy):

  1. dropthepuckeh - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Its a penalty at the very least. The player is responsible for controlling his stick and he swings it around wildly resulting in a broken leg. It is ridiculous to hear the Pitt apologists justify this based on his reputation or “intention”. It doesn’t matter – he slashed him hard enough to break his leg. That is a penalty and is reviewable for additional disciplinary action. It shouldn’t matter who it is and whether it is an accident. You have to control your stick. If he hit in the face unintentionally it is still a penalty….

    • killerpgh - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Just wondering how you felt about Chara/Max P incident from a few years back. Was it just a penalty that had a bad out come or should he have been suspended for breaking a guys neck?

      • matt14gg - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Moronic. Two completely different plays

      • shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Well chara got a match penalty and the incident was reviewed for disciplinary action. It was deemed not worthy of suspension. So yeah, id have been just tickled if that’s how this incident was handled

      • killerpgh - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        You do know that just because the player wasn’t in call/sent for doesn’t mean Shanny and company didn’t review the play. It just means they didn’t think it was worth the waste of time for a nothing play. Shanny has said in the past many time that they review a bunch of plays from every game even if the play in question wasn’t brought to their attention by a team in question.

    • hazlydose - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Let me understand your reasoning here.

      Dupuis slashes Kelly, regardless of intent as you say, and should be punished solely based on the fact that it was enough to break a bone.

      Chara checks Pacioretty, regardless of intent once again, but should not have received punishment even though it was enough to break a bone.

      Please explain to me how they are different? Is it perhaps because in one scenario the perpetrator is wearing a Bruins jersey and in the other the victim is wearing one?

      • shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Nope, he’s not saying he MUST be suspended as you seem to have taken it. It could have been a penalty… Really should have been a penalty. It resulted in a broken bone and could have been reviewed for disciplinary action, same as chara

      • hazlydose - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        No, he blatantly said that the comparison was “moronic”, and that the two plays were “completely different”. Kind of hard to refute that at this point.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Not going to get back into the Chara suspension PHT mudslinging fest. Been there, done that. This, however, absolutely has to be a penalty. Dupuis can’t even pretend that was an attempt to play the puck.

        Not worth a suspension but the lack of penalty and resulting injury means maybe a fine is in order. Stupid play that he shouldn’t just get away with.

      • spitfisher - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        The stantion broke Max’s neck not Chara, he was forced to the outside with the help of Chara, there was no intent on Charas action to turn him into the stantion – well except in areas outside of Montreal and the Montreal police department.

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Right. It’s a penalty. Ok.

      This article says that there’s no HEARING planned. So what is your point, again? Sure, anything’s reviewable. League isn’t going to review, is all.

      I highly doubt Pitt apologists (although your comment is the first one) are justifying a broken ankle, and it’s retarded to imply that. They have every right to say that Dupuis is not a dirty player, and wouldn’t do something like that on purpose. Honor guys like Orpik, Dupuis, Bergeron, etc., typically leave the dirty stuff to the Thorntons, Lucics, Marchands, Charas, and ok I’ll give you Neal. And quite frankly, as a Pitt ‘apologist’, I’m not apologizing. I’d rather see a HOCKEY PLAY gone bad then someone get jumped by a good-for-nothing thug, anyday.

      Case closed, it was a bad hockey play.

  2. buckeye044 - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Apparently it does matter who it is or at least what team it is.

  3. joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    This is no worse than the swings Kessel landed on John Scott. Move on!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Kessel got suspended for his. Preseason, but still.

  4. billiamsofdollars - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Jeez, if that clip shows Dupuis breaking Kelly’s ankle, Kelly needs to drink more milk.

    • ryanw822 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Well pour a glass for Orpik too for that glass jaw of his after those soft punches from Thornton.

      • illashell - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Oh, right, if that was YOU in Orpiks place, you would have gotten RIGHT up and fought back?

        No, you’d be dead.

  5. sjsharks66 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    There should not have been a hearing. Any news on Rinaldo’s hearing for racking up 27 penalty minutes in the first minute of the game? Nope, because there is none. So people, please don’t act like the Pens are getting special treatment. The 2 worst things that happened yesterday were Neal/Thornton. Both players are facing suspensions.

    • buckeye044 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Both should be in person hearings

      • sjsharks66 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        I do not disagree. What Neal did was unacceptable.

  6. Hockeyfan - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I am at a loss to see how that slash fractured his ankle. You see those sacks with the stick all the time without any injury.

    • Hockeyfan - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Wacks

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        whacks*

      • Hockeyfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Thanks for the spell check

  7. claysbar - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    If this video is the point where his ankle is broken, I am left wondering why no one has mentioned that they were both there trying to get the puck, you know, because hockey is played…. using a stick…. to get the puck….No intent even remotely evident, both were attempting to gain control of the puck. If he did it there, it’s incidental, plain and simple. Not illegal yet to do what both of them were doing.

  8. bostonfan96 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    What I want to know, is how he finished the game with a broken ankle…warrior there.

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Tougher than anyone else ever, huh. Garbage.

      It happens a lot. Paul Martin just finished a game on a broken shin.

  9. ash0war - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Getting sick of hearing about this game. Both teams were disgraceful to the nhl. The players that need discipline from the league will get it. Just stop talking about every little thing that happened. Next thing ppl will take about was the high stick to Kunitz…

    • lindbergh9 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      For sure, Kunitz had a breakaway and ready to score and was slashed from behind and no penalty – Gimmie a break!

  10. live4hockey - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    The H in NHL still stands for hockey….right??

  11. arbruins - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Dupuis is not a hockey player, he is a lumber jack.

  12. arbruins - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Whack Cindy a few times like Dupuis chopped at Kelly and see how many people call it a Hockey game or a felony.

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      You sum up the mentality of Boston fans PERFECTLY.

      There are hockey fans from Boston (not on this site, but they do exist) and then there are Bruins fans. Very rarely are they the same people.

  13. hockeyflow33 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    This hearing talk is just ridiculous at this point.

  14. montrealbbr - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    More dirty karma coming back to bite the Bruins!!! Should be just enough injuries to cause them to slide to the back of the pack!

  15. bruins4ever - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    For all you Pitt fans out there. What is the more stupid play by your Mr. Neal — His intentional knee to the head to injure a player, or his statement that he didn’t do it, not sure what happened Marchand was on his way down and must have hit his knee!! what was he seeing after the game!!

  16. amityvillefun - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    If the Bruins face the Penguins in the playoffs, you will not see the Penguins escape without retaliation for Eriksson and Kelly.

    Keep your head up Crosby, Neil and Malkin. It’s coming.

    • ewoods6 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Eriksson hit was clean. Sorry if he’s soft. Not Orpik’s fault. Kelly apparently is soft too. He took just as hard of a swing at Duper and Duper isn’t broken. You trying to sound threatening is laughable.

    • illashell - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      There you people go again with this Frontier Justice bs. You’re delusional.

      Marchand boarded the crap out of Neal a year or 2 back, so those 2 have a slight history. By your distorted Bruin Logic, since Marchand did something to Neal, he had it coming, right?

  17. ewoods6 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    This is not a dirty play. Both guys took baseball swings at eachother and they were at the feet. This is Hockey afterall.

  18. President Charles Logan - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Bruins suck

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