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Myers gets three games for illegal check on Zubrus

Jan 6, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has been suspended three games for an illegal check he made Saturday to the head of New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus.

In making its ruling, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety determined that Myers “unnecessarily extends upward and launches himself into Zubrus’ head, making it the main point of contact.”

While Zubrus did not suffer a serious injury on the play, the league did note that Myers has been suspended before (for boarding, in March of 2012).

Per the CBA, Myers will forfeit $84,615.39.

  1. devilsarethebest - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Good work Shannaban.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Well deserved

  3. dirte42 - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I don’t disagree with the suspension. Seems about right. Buy why does Chara never get calls from the league…. Not saying he’s dirty, but he’s a big guy and catches people in the head all the time

    • elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      It’s not just about catching a player in the head while hitting them, it’s about hitting properly through the body and not otherwise doing something illegal like elbowing, charging or hitting late.

  4. 19wasthebest - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Shanahan should have given 5 to him and also 5 to Lupol for his hit to Patrick Eaves

  5. 950003cups - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    That was a complete cheap shot. Second time he’s done that to Zubrus.

  6. bearsnbills - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Seriously, what the matter with everyone? It’s hockey, and it was a solid hit. Let him and his team get retribution on the ice, like it was meant, not by some overlord. Big government is never good…

    • nj666 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      shut up you teatard take your ranting somewhere else. that was a dirty hit with an elbow to the head. Just like the hypocrite I’m sure you are, you’d be crying if this happened to a buffalo player.

  7. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Refs need to understand what a major penalty is. Player safety got this one right. Refs were clueless.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Yes the refs were clueless at that game.

      I was at the game in Buffalo on Saturday night against the Devils. I was confused as to why the goal which Michal Ryder was not allowed.

      This would be on the same play where Tyler Myers elbowed Danius Zubrus in the head. Immediately after Myers made contact with Zubrus, the puck popped out to Jagr who passed it directly to Ryder who scored the goal.

      There was no stoppage by Miller, no Sabres player had control of the puck and was clearly a goal in my opinion (yes it may be bias as I am a Devils fan). But even other Sabres fans in the arena were surprised that the goal did not count.

      The refs never blew the whistle until on the hit by Myers after the goal was scored, they did not even indicate a delayed penalty.

      So to give a minor penalty (5-8 seconds after it happened), no delayed call, and disallow a goal….all in one play.

      But clearly it was an elbow to the head.

      • dirte42 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        A delayed penalty was called and the ref thought that buffalo had touched the puck and blew the whistle about half a second before the puck went in. It shouldnt have been blown dead but it was, therefore the refs cant allow the goal.

  8. spitfisher - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    This along with others will be a precursor of eliminating all head contact. Myers could have checked him in the chest, but didn’t…… same with the Orpik hit on Loui Erickson and on and on and on.

    Our best stars are being concussed by 6 minute a night players.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    He’ll still find a way to be a minus 9.

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