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Video: Dustin Brown called charging after high hit on Ryan Murray

Feb 7, 2014, 12:41 AM EDT

L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown was called for charging after a high hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray on Thursday night.

Brown, known as a heavy hitter, appeared to make contact with Murray’s head on the hit, just as the young blue liner was falling forward as he reached forward to play the puck. Murray was almost on his knees at the point of contact.

Brown received only a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period. Now, will this hit warrant supplemental discipline from the league?

  1. bwayblueshirt - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Brown is quietly becoming one of the dirtier players in the league. Based on this, his several knee on knee collisions, and his repeated running of goaltenders, I think Brown could use some Player-Safety-Mandated time off to get his act together.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      when you play as physical of a game as his you are going to have a lot more “questionable” hits, this wasnt a bad hit, the puck carrier puck himself in a bad position in the last second after Brown committed to the hit, nothing wrong with it

      • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        put himself in a bad position*

      • bwayblueshirt - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        I might be inclined to agree, if Murray ever had possession of the puck.

      • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:08 AM

        well for starters Murray literally poked away the puck a half second before he got hit … Murray was going to grab the puck either way, but instead of trying to control it he decided to poke it away real quick considering Brown was coming in on him real fast

        that’s still possession …

      • shortsxit34 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:13 AM

        Stop the video at :32. You can clearly see that Murray still has the puck on his tape when Brown is literally a stick length away.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      also in brown’s defense, hes the captain and signed long term for a a high term so since hes not putting up the points hes gonna rely moreso on his intangibles like his grit and physical play, i cant blame the guy for stepping up on for a legal hit when the guy drops down last second after you already committed to the hit

      btw im not a brown fan, i respect his grit and hardwork but can kind of be a POS that doesnt back anything up

    • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      well for starters Murray literally poked away the puck a half second before he got hit … Murray was going to grab the puck either way, but instead of trying to control it he decided to poke it away real quick considering Brown was coming in on him real fast

      that’s still possession

  2. hazlydose - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Murray put himself into a bad situation. He was basically gliding with a knee down on the ice. Brown didn’t leave the ice until after the contact. Brown has deserved a lot of things over his career, but the 2 minutes is fine here.

  3. flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Good, clean hit.

    Murray had the puck and then dropped down to poke it away just before Brown hit him, nothing really Brown could do about that

  4. areaman714 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Summation. Ok Kings fans, rationalize this latest Brownism . . .

  5. buckeye044 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Targeted the head, left his feet and followed through. Should be suspended but he seems to get away with quite a bit, If it impacts his ability to play in the Olympics (do they honor suspensions?) Shanny won’t have the guts to suspend.

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Except for he didn’t leave his feet until after the hit.

    • joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      The only you all feel he gets away with questionable hits is because you don’t know the rules. I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but if you would read the rule book you would have better judgement when viewing this hits. According to the rules Murray had possession of the book. Brown’s elbow’s were tucked in, the head was not targeted, and his feet were not off the ice when he made contact with Murray. He did not leave his feet prior to making contact, plus he was gliding just prior to making contact. Following through a hit happens when a play is in stride and does not glide just prior to making contact. Check out the rule book. You’ll enjoy the game more, and have the proper information to provide your opinion.

      Possession of the Puck:
      The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the
      puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession.

  6. ruthlessandtoothless - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I don’t really see a charge here, head contact yeah but you could argue Murray made just as bad a decision as brown. Penalty but not a suspension but you never really know what way Shanny will go these days.

  7. killerpgh - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Nothing looked wrong with the hit from Brown side of it. How was it a charge? He coasted into the hit and didn’t leap into the hit. He keep his elbow tight to his body. The only thing that makes it look bad is Murray got caught reaching for the puck he lost control of.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Killerburg..I see it the same way you do, shouldn’t have even been a minor called.

  8. flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    its becoming pretty frustrating how refs today are using the charging penalty for pretty much every they think might have a chance of being illegal that isnt boarding

    it seems oh they see a real big hit, uhh lets just call it charging to be safe …. even tho nothing about it was charging really

    this was a clean hit, the puck carrier put himself in a bad position very late

    • flyerspsu - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      wow i butchered the phrasing in the 1st paragraph, its “for pretty much every thing they think might have a chance of being illegal …”

  9. storminator16 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I love it how the players in the NHL have adjusted to the realities of the game: many of them hold up when they see their fellow PA member coming across the middle of the ice looking like lunch meat. You see players holding up more & more every night. The only player who won’t adjust is Dustin Brown. Good on him. He will be made an example of, eventually, either by the league or he is going to eat someone serious knuckle sandwiches someday. Then he will finally learn his lesson.

    With that said, I really don’t even have a major problem with this hit as Murray put himself in an awkward situation. However, this is 2014….Brown needs to learn to not go for that hit right there. Really, what did he think was going to happen? I wish someone catches him like that once. It would be sweet.

  10. blkeskimo1785 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Damn…I don’t think there’s going to be supp. discipline for this one, only because Murray DID put himself in that position. Brown didn’t leave his feet to hit him, just the momentum of the hit took him off of his feet.

  11. sjsharks66 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Did not leave his feet but drove his elbow right into his head. Brown is a POS and should get at least 3 games. Hopefully the league catches on so he can become a repeat offender and start catching the suspensions he has deserved for years.

    Now reply with how northern California is jealous. How Torres is on the “sharts”. Or whatever new insults you Kings fans have.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Sharts, jealousy, no cups, torres, etc. Does that cover it?

    • coyotes89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      Big difference in Torres and brown. When Torres does something it’s called 10 fold. When brown does something it’s praised. Even if it’s the exact same hit. Lol

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        Dead wrong about Torres. Right about Brown.

    • joey4id - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      We get that you hate the guy. Your hatred though skews your objectivity and judgement. Good think they have impartial disciplinarians looking at these videos. His elbow is tucked in and Murray’s head is down, and he’s on one knee. WTF is Brown supposed to do? Raise his elbow. Seriously! Have you ever been taught how to play hockey?

  12. sjsharks66 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Pretty much sums it up!

  13. mp1131211 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Yup. Dirtbag. No surprise.

  14. angrytwitterguy - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    He launched which is charging and a 2 min minor. The ref made the correct call. Why there would be any talk of discipline? It’s a borderline charge on a player who was already low, big deal.

  15. muckleflugga - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    i’m thinking brown should be flayed alive … drawn and quartered … pieces spiked and displayed out on interstate 5

    let me guess …

    in that three one thousandths of a second wherein murray saw a blur coming at him then collapsed before blur became brown, brown adjusted his attack to deliberately drive an elbow into murray’s head …?

    i’ll name my supplier if you name yours

    hsooooooooooooot hooooooooooo … not bad not baaaad at all

  16. shortsxit34 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    I like that people hate Brown so much now that anytime he’s involved in a hit, it’s automatically deemed dirty. I don’t even like Brown, but it’s come to the point where people go out of their way looking for things that aren’t even there.

    T.J. Oshie made the same exact hit today on Torey Krug. PHT, why didn’t you give Oshie his own story? Where’s everybody calling for his head? Oshie (correctly) didn’t even get called for a penalty. Nobody is making a big deal about it because there’s nothing to look at. If that hit was made by anybody else, everybody would be saying it was a good hit and that Murray needs to keep his head up.

    • paperlions - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      I’m pretty sure no one that writes for this blog watches Blues games. From time to time they seem to accidentally catch one because of the opponent, but I don’t think they’d watch one on purpose.

      • shortsxit34 - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:30 AM

        lol, harsh

  17. shutyourfivehole - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:44 AM

    Dustin Brown is a gutless, POS, punk. Runs his mouth clinging to the linesman and when he’s sitting in the box. I can only hope someone takes out one of his knees like he did to Hertl.

  18. paperkid96 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    I don’t like Brown but watch the video. Murray is on his knees at the point of contact. Of course that is going to be a high hit.

    • dinkster37 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Brown wasn’t called for a high hit. He was called for CHARGING. 13 people thumbs-upped the most vapid comment in this entire string….

  19. valoisvipers - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    If you think this was dirty, compare it to Shea Weber slamming Zetterberg’s face into the glass which went unpunished.

  20. 2qswing - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    NHL is obviously waiting till this POS paralyses somebody before disciplining him. He is the new Matt Cooke. Pommenville, Hertl, Luongo, Murray, and the list goes on. I’m sure Im missing some in there. He attempts to injure on a regular basis and has no respect for fellow players. This is his only contribution to this team. Lord knows he cant score. Go ahead read the friggn rule book to me again. you sound like a lawyer.True hockey fans know it when they see it. Take a run at a guy, hide behind the linesman and a mad dash for the penalty box. He’s lucky Boll is on IR.

  21. crushed49 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    If he had only a couple questionable hits, I could maybe see it as such. Just a bad looking hit that was perfectly legal. However, it seems like in every game, his sole purpose of being on the ice is….a one man wrecking crew. Take out as many as he can, then try to look as innocent as freaking possible afterwards. Look at his record. Is he scared of compition from the up and coming talented players or something?

  22. strictlythedanks - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    dirty ole’ dusty clown brown noser

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