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Kings’ Nolan gets double-minor for punching Oilers’ Joensuu

Mar 9, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan has had a close call with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety before, but he might be at a greater risk of a suspension after an incident on Sunday.

He received a double-minor for roughing Edmonton Oilers winger Joe Joensuu in an incident that prompted many to throw around the term “sucker punch.” Sharp video isn’t available yet, but for now, let’s look at two other shots of the situation.

“Orange Puck” uploaded this footage of the incident on Vine:

SB Nation passes along a GIF from an alternate angle:


It will be interesting to see how the NHL handles this situation.

That moment brings some ugliness, so here’s a beauty of a goal as David Perron sent this wicked pass Taylor Hall‘s way:

The Kings came out on top 4-2, giving Los Angeles seven consecutive wins.

  1. thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    What a thug this kid is. Classless.

    • thehabsnation - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      can’t stand him either sucker punch central

      • josephdylanbiase - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        @thehasnation, yeah, I know the french canadiens hate native americans, so it was common for you to make such a statement.

      • thehabsnation - Mar 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        I’m not French Canadian (not Canadien) though.

    • jhaegs - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      The classless Kings fans that disliked your comment are almost as bad.

      • ron05342 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        I got to say, anyone who paints an entire fan base as “classless” needs to take a long look in the mirror.

      • dueman - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        He didn’t say the entire fan base, just the ones that gave a thumbs down to the above comment…

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Nolan got punched below the waist, shall we say. The videos here don’t show it.

      Call it a sucker punch if you want. Nolan was just protecting future little Nolans.

      • hockey412 - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        It was 15 games for Thornton – since this was at least not an assault from behind let’s say 10 games. There is no chance his future Nolans will be hurt if they aren’t on the ice.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        If he did, it was well before he turned around and clocked a guy who had his arms tied up by the refs.

        For me the funniest thing is remembering all the pearl clutching (and the seven minute powerplay handed out) when Nolan turtled on an honest to goodness invitation to fight – now he gets four for a blatant sucker punch AFTER the refs got involved.

    • josephdylanbiase - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      @thesportsjudge, Nolan threw a love-tap with his glove on! Joensuu taking a dive was not only classless, it was gutless as well!

  2. areaman714 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    This is the type of instance where a team playing the Kings should be able to pick who serves the penalty as Nolan is more valuable to the Kings in the box than on the ice. Nolan should be required to be on the Ice for at least the first two minutes of the PK.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      In theory, I understand what you are saying, but that would seem to be a powderkeg type situation. I could see a coach put out a questionable line and the whole thing could escalate quickly.

  3. thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Funny how the pic for the article has Lucic in it, even though the Kings are playing the Oilers.

  4. savior72 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Maybe it’s considered old school now, but I think 2 min minor and let the players fix things would do. Now everybody shouts suspension on every little thing. I miss the good ol days

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Double minor seems appropriate.

    • bwayblueshirt - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      I agree, for what it’s worth, but they should at least be consistent. Thornton got ejected for the same thing on Brooks Orpik. So let’s figure out exactly what the penalty should be.

      • hockey412 - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Not quite the same thing but I agree with the concept – he should get tossed. But in Thornton’s case he snuck up from behind someone and started wailing. At least in this case the player was in an active scrum with Nolan and they had each other’s jersey, face to face. Let’s say 10 games for being an a-hole.

  5. tdrusher225 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Yep I think “sucker punch” sums it up quite well.

    • skr213 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Who gives this a thumbs down??? Most clear and basic example of a sucker punch that I’ve seen in a while.

  6. mp1131211 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    This probably ruined the oilers season.

  7. savior72 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Maybe he insulted his momma, who knows. Dude still had his glove on, nobody is going to the hospital or getting stitches over it.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Orpik still had his helmet on when Thornton knocked him down. Does that make it any less egregious?

    • jhaegs - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      You ever been punched with a hockey glove? Hurts like hell. A Mexican boxer died in the ring recently after getting punched with gloves twice as soft. It was a gutless sucker punch by a guy that turtled not long ago after a cheap shot.

  8. blomfeld - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:16 PM


    (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Canada is ‘not’ a member)

    First and foremost we’ve won yet again, thus solidifying our position as the undisputed ‘hottest’ team in the business ! You just gotta love it man ! :) As for this business of a ‘red-blooded’ comrade Nolan delivering a ‘hockey play’ to the head ? … well I say ‘cry me a river’ you fruit cakes ! When I was growing up as a teenager here in Vancouver back in the 70’s, this kind of thing was par for the course. It didn’t matter if you were at a dance, the disco or a concert …. bad asses were ‘everywhere’ and you had to deal with them, especially when you were swooning the ladies like I usually was ! :) Anyway, Bettman knows the deal here and so he’ll likely give Jordan nothing more than some ‘obligatory’ warning or whatever ? … you know, ‘throw ’em a bone’ as they like to say ! :)


    • blomfeld - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      sorry about that computer glitch friends :)

      • mp1131211 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Dude, no one cares!!

      • micasa81 - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Moar glitches plz.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Kind of like par for the course for Torres’ hit on Stoll?

    • machosasquatcho - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      You brought the collective IQ of this site’s users down just by commenting on this story.

      Why are you still here?

    • titansbro - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      badasses everywhere in vancouver? lol, what happened since then? they all moved away? lol. when i lived in seattle we used to go up there (& victoria, also beautiful) all the time. place was hippy granola central. don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful city, i loved it there. it was nice, serene, & peaceful. those are not the words i would use to describe real tough, blue collar cities like detroit, memphis, new orleans, etc.

      • micasa81 - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Can’t believe I’m helping Blomfeld’s argument, but he was referring to Vancouver in the 70s, which was definitely not hippy granola central. It was in transition, but it was still a glorified logging town.

  9. savior72 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Don’t you mean hottest team in the business not in first place blommy?

  10. sjsharks66 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    It’s always funny when Nolan fights players who know how to fight, he gets his ass kicked. Recently running from Sestito and throwing sucker punches. Bottom line, the kid is a punk.

  11. Bobby Scribe - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Nolan didn’t punch him for the hell of it. Joensuu took a shot at Jordan’s balls…yes, those balls. You have to see it from the other angle. They showed it on Fox Sports West.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      That’s garbage. No he didn’t. Video? Link to commentary? Still image?

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM

        Dude – yes he did. I watched Fox Sports West last night, too, and saw the replay.

    • titansbro - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      sounds like a decent excuse for sucker punching someone… if you’re trying to justify being a p****. he wasn’t wearing a cup?

  12. joemattingly - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    no dog in this fight – but Bobby Scribe is correct – FSW showed a different angle showing Joensuu clearly grabbing Nolan by the balls – that’s when Nolan punched him – the refs either saw it or knew what was going on hence the double minor and no game misconduct – the league will see the same video too so I doubt there will be any further action against Nolan

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Annnd the truth comes out!

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  14. rrsm53 - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Nolan will have to answer to Gadzic next time they play and he will get his clock cleaned. Nolan is aggressive but that was a bush move, dont tell me he got hit in the ball bag either it happens all the time, The guy wasnt looking at him at all he was talking to the ref and then turns and suckers him. Bush league move.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      You think Nolan will step up to fight Luke?

  15. yanks33 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    In the article you called him Joe Joensuu…his name is Jesse

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      It’s an O’Brien piece. The guy doesn’t care about facts or accuracy. He just wants to stir the pot.

  16. sjsharks66 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    So Fox West apparently showed that he was “Clearly grabbing Nolan by the balls” and “Nolan got punched below the waist”.. Yet there is no video evidence. The video there is shows Nolan talking to the ref and casually turn around and throw a sucker punch. Stop defending this garbage Kings fans. We all know if anything the kings pulled happened to the Kings themselves, all the fans would be up in arms.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      I wasn’t defending Nolan. I think you know me better than that, sharks. I did mention the hit below the waist in an earlier post.

      Clearly, several people posting here (me included) watched the game. Nolan’s penalty started just before the end of the second period. It was during intermission that the TV commentators showed the video of the low blow. The TV commentators even talked about the low hit as they showed the video.

      I can’t explain why it’s nowhere to be found now. But, believe me, we did see it. We couldn’t all possibly be making this up. I certainly wouldn’t make it up, nor do I think we were all hypnotized simultaneously to see something that didn’t happen.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Let’s try this. Look at about the 14 second mark, Oiler’s player’s left hand.

      • micasa81 - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        That video shows him inadvertently pawing at Nolan’s midsection while doubled over in an effort to stay on his feet, not “grabbing him by the balls”. Maybe it can pass as an explanation for Nolan’s motivation for the sucker punch, but it certainly doesn’t justify it.

  17. titansbro - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    the gif shown above shows nolan’s crotch pretty clearly & there isn’t a hand anywhere near it before he throws that sucker punch. so please stop it.

    • titansbro - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      in fact, you can clearly see the dude’s hand on nolan’s chest the ENTIRE time. there was no ball grab. it didn’t happen. he sucker punched him like a b****.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Check out the link in my comment directly above your initial post.

  18. 2qswing - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Apparently ending Klesla’s NHL career during an exhibition game wasn’t enough for this 4th line, 6-minute a game punk. Regardless of the circumstances, blindsiding a guy (targeting the head I’d say Shanny) while he is being restrained by TWO referees is always classy.

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