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Dupuis: Slash that broke Kelly’s leg was ‘unfortunate’

Dec 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

On Monday, Pascal Dupuis addressed the slash that broke Chris Kelly‘s leg over the weekend.

“I guess I got him in the back of the leg,” the Pens winger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s unfortunate. You never want to injure anyone.”

The incident occurred during the second period of Saturday’s violence-filled Pittsburgh-Boston game.

Here’s a clip of the incident, from NESN:

Kelly has been placed on long-term injured reserve with a fractured right fibula, his second significant leg break this calendar year (he also suffered a fractured left tibia during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign.)

According to reports, Dupuis won’t face any supplemental discipline for the incident. The 34-year-old wasn’t penalized for slashing Kelly on the play.

  1. elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Honestly, it looks accidental to me. In the very least it’s as ‘accidental’ as all the other slashes that players do multiple times a game and with this one the puck is right in that area and his 2nd and 3rd whacks at the puck are just as hard.

    • mshantz22 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      How hard does one have to slash another to break their leg? My guess is harder than an “accidental” chop.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        You’d be surprised.

        When I was playing minor hockey, I broke a guy’s leg. Want to know how I did it? It wasn’t a two handed baseball swing or a massive hip check, I bumped him shoulder to shoulder as we were going behind the net and he fell. He didn’t hit the boards, the net or even another player, he just fell and his leg broke.

    • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Accident or not he is responsible for swinging the stick like that and breaking his leg. If he hit in the face “accidentally” it would still be a penalty.

      Nothing that can be done now but a little accountability on the Pens wouldn’t hurt the game. “I guess” sounds like a little kid who isn’t willing to admit fault but knows the evidence is against him.

      • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        I’ll let him know that you are displeased about the way he phrased his acknowledgement of the slash. I’m sure he’ll type up a full page apology letter for you, and the rest of the Boston fans. Gad knows you really deserve the best.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        If he hit him in the face accidentally, it’d be high sticking. That’s illegal regardless of intent. Whacking at the puck and accidentally hitting a player’s ankle is not illegal – unless he’s not actually going after the puck, but let’s see you prove that to hold up a suspension.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      we still dont know if this is even how he was injured, it could just be what the bruins and nesn are claiming. he played the rest of the game, i’m sure this wasnt the only contact he had with the puck, sticks, or boards all game.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Right he probably tripped over someone’s equipment in the dressing room after the game….

      • Tyler - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        I’m curious why the Bruins (and multiple media outlets) initially called it a broken ankle, and now they’re all reporting that it’s a broken leg.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        yeah because a guy who kills penalties, blocks shots, and takes a ton of faceoffs couldnt be hurt at any other point of those grinding 13 mins he played on the 4th line. sure looked like he was just healthy enough to slash back and throw a couple crosschecks. just sayin’

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        This is a fair enough point, where if a prosecutor was trying to prove the cause of an injury in a court of law, there’d be enough times where Kelly falls down or is involved in a hit that it’d be hard to specifically say the slash was the definitive cause. That, and it being easy enough to argue as accidental makes it hard to suspend for this even if they felt there was malice.

    • c9castine - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      apparently some people chose to look away as soon as dupuis stick made contact with kelly and missed the two hand he gave dupuis and the couple cross checks.

      looks like two hockey players battling to me, both probably could have been taken for 2 min slashes or even a 2 min cross check for kelly. get over it guys. there was probably about 20 plays like this in most hockey games Kellys ankle just happened to break…not the first time guy has had a broken bone. some people just have bad luck with that.

    • c9castine - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      its also worth noting that while he is responsible for his stick he was clearly trying to slap the puck deep. look where the puck is when he hits his ankle. its right there from the bounce off the boards….

      relax girls.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Even if people don’t want to believe the accidental story, the puck is clearly right there and he just misses it. If he’d made contact and then followed through and hit Kelly would it really be enough that it should change someone’s opinion?

  2. cowboys282 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    “I guess I got him in the back of the leg,”

    lol another Pitt fraud refusing to take responsibility for his dirty play. Yet still defended by his delusional fan base. But Shawn Thornton gets relentlessly attacked.

    Dirty is dirty. Anyone who defends that shows there true character.

    • whammy71 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Thornton was after the play – big difference. Guess your hate of all things Pittsburgh blinded your reasoning.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        So if you maul guy during the “play of the game” its better than after the whistle? I agree that Thornton was in the wrong for his actions but making that distinction in a hockey game seems a little silly. If Thornton does that Orpik during the play its still going to be wrong.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        @dropthepuckeh: that’s a straw man argument. Being after the play just further proves what Thornton’s intent was, not whether it was legal if it happened at a different time. The intent of Dupuis’ ‘slash’ is pretty ambiguous when the puck was right there and he easily could have been trying to play it instead of slashing Kelly’s ankle.

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Isn’t saying he got him on the back of the leg actually TAKING responsibility? How is that refusing to take responsibility?

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        “I guess I got him in the back of the leg”. Big difference bro.

  3. whammy71 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    no way that was “accidental” and everyone knows I’m a Pens homer.

    • supercoop8 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Accidentally on purpose; swinging near the puck but really at the leg. Its not an uncommon occurrence in a chippy game but did have a very unfortunate result. The league could have tossed a fine at him for the recklessness but suspensions shouldn’t be given solely on the merit of injury. As a Bruins fan I am looking forward to trying to forget this game.

    • pepper2011 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      wow – can you talk to 412 cause that dude is making your entire fan base look nuts.

      I used to think you were over the top, but you seem like the bi-partisan of the year now.

      • whammy71 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        I was super homer Pens douche last year cause I got sick of reading all the super douchey crap from the very douchey Philly and equally douchey Boston fan base after the Pens got Iginla.

        Philly still sucks and Boston fans swallow! Merry Christmas!

  4. withseidelinn - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    He would have reacted differently to the Kelly retaliation slash if it wasn’t on purpose.

  5. atb4 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Kelly slashed him back just as hard. Small scrums like that happen where players exchange whacks at each other. It’s just unfortunate someone was injured.

    • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      How would you react if someone slashed you with a stick and broke your leg?

      • atb4 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        I would have hit him back regardless of if it broke my leg?

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Ha, me too

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        How you you have reacted if you’d just intentionally slashed someone hard enough to break their leg? Would you look between your feet to play the puck, or would you watch out for someone to come after you with a few slashes and crosschecks of their own?

  6. dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    The irony is that if Dupuis had broken Kelly’s stick with the slash he would have been penalized. Makes sense.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Well, sure, that sounds totally reasonable with all those portable x-rays the refs skate around with.

      /sarc

  7. stretch61 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Break a guy’s leg – no penalty. Break a guy’s stick – 2 minutes.
    Making the game safe for sticks for years.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      If you’re both playing the puck and one guy’s stick breaks, is it really a penalty though? No, only if one player slashes at the shaft of the stick and can’t reach the puck. Can anyone prove Dupuis wasn’t within reach of the puck and trying to play it? Again no, so why is it an automatic slash and suspension after we find out there’s an injury?

  8. dropthepuckeh - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    5 games for Neal’s “unintentional” knee to the head. Good call.

  9. mclovinhockey - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    It’s not accidental but it’s only a typical slash, guess he just got it in the wrong spot. Wasn’t intent to injure or anything.

  10. joey4id - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I’d be pretty pissed if I was Kelly. Dupuis’s whacked him directly on the leg. Not to say it was a deliberate intent to injure, but I assume it was an attempt to whack Kelly’s leg because Dupuis’s stick is nowhere close to the ice.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      You’re ignoring where the puck was though, when it went into the boards it bounced up and then came down in Kelly’s skates. Dupuis is trying to track it and since it wasn’t just sliding along the ice, he swings to hit it in mid-air.

      • joey4id - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Maybe. Anytime you swing your stick in mid air you’re likely to hit someone. It didn’t look to me that Dupuis was swinging at the puck. Good be wrong.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        I doubt he was too concerned about hitting Kelly when he was swinging at the puck at ankle level though. People show less concern over head high follow throughs on shots, some of which make contact – just ask Pronger after Grabovski clipped him.

  11. dreardon8 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    he swung it to his shoulders and came down like chopping a tree but no intent to injure??

    And Neal was just skating by minding his own business right and bumped into Marchand head.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Swung to his shoulders? You do notice the part where Dupuis is playing the puck prior to that and Kelly comes in and hits him? That puts Dupuis off balance, and he gets back on balance and brings his stick down before he starts to swing at the puck – which was coming off the glass at the time.

  12. sjsharks66 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Dupuis is one of the most humble guys in the league. I highly doubt he would try and break Kelly’s leg on purpose. Should slap him with a fine for being careless, but to say he was purposely trying to break his leg is as stupid as Ottawa saying Cooke intentionally cut Karlssons achilies.

  13. Seabass1970 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Break it no but injure yes why else hit someone like that, Move him?

  14. skr213 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I’ll just join the chorus in saying that BOTH Pens players are making it out like their dirty plays were “accidents,” in what can only be described as “The Great Denial of 2013.” Be men and own up to your actions. I HATE the Bruins, but at least Thornton manned up to his act.

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