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Sabres’ Myers to meet with NHL over Zubrus head shot

Jan 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

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Buffalo’s Tyler Myers will have to talk to the league about his illegal check to the head of New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus.

Myers will have a phone hearing with the NHL because of his hit on Zubrus. Myers was given a two-minute minor on the play in the third period that led to the Devils’ only goal of the game. Zubrus later retaliated against Myers drawing a penalty of his own that led to Matt D’Agostini‘s game-winning power play goal.

After the game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer wondered why Myers’ penalty wasn’t a major. Zubrus didn’t like the play at all either.

Myers thought differently of the play.

“I felt like I got all shoulder,” Myers said to PHT after the game. “I’m not sure if I made contact with the head. I think if I did it was all shoulder and a result of me being so tall. It’s one of those big guy things and I don’t want it to take away from playing aggressive.”

For the record, Myers is 6’8″ while Zubrus is 6’5″.

Myers was suspended once in his career for boarding back in March 2012.

Here’s video of the play in case you missed it:

  1. storminator16 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I guess it won’t be a 5 gamer. The league is getting lenient with these head shots again.

    • joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Why do you think it won’t be a 5 gamer? A phone hearing means the NHL is considering anything from 0 to 5 games.

      • dueman - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        I can’t believe the thumbs down on this? Just goes to show the intelligence level of some here on PHT.

    • joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      (c) A disciplinary suspension of zero (0) to five (5) games, in which case the Player will have the right to a telephonic hearing, as set forth in Section 18.8; or

      (d) A disciplinary suspension of six (6) or more games, in which case the Player will have the right to an in-person hearing, as set forth in Section 18.9.

      • dueman - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        To the morons who thumbed down Joey’s direct copy of the NHL rule book regarding this matter, please make yourselves sterile to avoid adding yet more stupid people into this world. Wow is all I can say.

      • joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        LMAO! :-)

      • storminator16 - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        Thanks, I stand corrected.

  2. martysbetter - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    If it was just the result of you being so tall then why did you leave your feet?
    Pretty clear headshot if you ask me.

    • 19wasthebest - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      So was Lupul on Patrick Eaves in the Winter Classic last week. But all he got was a fine which is ridiculous considering what these guys make.

      • dueman - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Actually Lupol caught Eaves in the neck as he was getting up and Eaves was bending down. Now whether you agree with Lupol’s punishment or not is irrelevant, but you must know the difference between your head and your neck! What is ridiculous is the fact that you believe these two incidents are comparable.

      • dueman - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        All you people that don’t know the difference between your neck and your head, please sterilize yourselves too! Wow!

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    “It’s one of those big guy things” thats why he exploded into his head I suppose.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Everything looks way worse in super-slo-mo. Myers is trying to make a good hit, but he’s a big guy and Zubrus is leaning over. Sh** happens.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Also, why didn’t my “sh** happens” get posted when I just used one star? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint. I’m finishing my coffee.

  4. joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Yep! He hit upwards and into the head. Why not drive his should shoulder through the chest instead of all the way to his head? A suspension for certain.

  5. mattypbillsmafia - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    HahA devils fans crying about that? Really? If that’s a dirty hit, then Scott Stevens was a criminal. Anyone remember when football and hockey were contact sports? I sure do, and they were great. Now everyone put your pink skirts on and let’s “play” hockey, but remember… No touching

  6. djshnooks - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    What a joke, he does not leave his feet whatsoever, idiots. Let the kid play, for Christ sake…the NHL is turning it’s players into the NBA…a bunch of pussies!

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I remember for sure. Lindros was practically killed!!!

  8. travishenryskid - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    This is a result of Zubrus having his head down looking at the puck. Zubrus might be 6’5″, but with his head down like that he is a lot shorter. Shouldn’t be a suspension.

  9. tru2joelu4eva - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    this whole team is an embarrassment for north american team sports

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    As far as I can remember, Myers has no history. Give him a game, and more importantly give Shanahan his 30 seconds on t.v.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      “Myers was suspended once in his career for boarding back in March 2012”
      I guess you didn’t read that part as it would have refreshed your memory!

  11. govtminion - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I’m just surprised Tyler Myers finally tried to throw a hit on someone, illegal or not.

  12. devilsarethebest - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Don’t these hits just bring out the best in us?

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