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Hurricanes’ Dvorak ejected for running Roberto Luongo

Mar 27, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak was ejected in the first period of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers for running goalie Roberto Luongo.

The incident occurred with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening period. You can view the collision by clicking on this link. Dvorak was driving to the net down the right side, but collided hard with Luongo as he appeared to try and make a move off the rush.

Dvorak was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. Luongo has left the game and is not expected to return, according to

  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    That’s absolutely ridiculous. Hopefully Dvorak gets destroyed the next time they play each other.

    • storminator16 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      LOL, you do know we are talking about Radek Dvorak, right?

      Watch his skates, watch Gundbranson’s hands. It was an unfortunate accidental bump and over-reaction by the officials. However, I do understand why the officials out of the game but it’s Radek Freaking Dvorak. He’s been in the game long enough for those officials to know he doesn’t make a habit of running goalies.

      • jaguar0413 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        What are you talking about? The onus is on the attacking player to make an attempt to stop. He barely got touched if at all. He had his head down and plowed into Luongo at top speed. Maybe you should watch his skates again because he never even got on his edges to stop.

        I think it’s a suspension play but with his reputation he might not get it.

      • canadianguest - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Dvorak wanted to cut in front of the net, but was pushed off that, and couldn’t redirect to the back without hurting himself because of his speed and the angle he was coming in at. It’s a fast, rough game. Hope LU is okay, he was awesome against Ottawa.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    If a tree falls in Florida…

  3. jpat2424 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Who cares

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Have the refs forgotten they can hand out majors without game misconducts? Kicking Dvorak out only makes sense if the refs are trying to avoid an escalation. Aside from that I don’t see how this warrants five AND a game.

  5. Idaslapter - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Luongo has long been one of the premier floppers among goalies. Maybe it is time for him to stop crying wolf.

  6. dcpword - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I was at the game. In person in real time it looked like he was pushed onto Luongo. Replays on the big screen made it look more like he made no attempt to avoid the collision..and he eve threw a bit of a forearm that looked intentional. I think it should have been a penalty…but at the same time, if I was playing, I would have plowed into Luongo too. That’s what you do if you’re competitive. If you’ve played sports, and we’re good at it, you know there’s a way to push the envelope a bit without going to far. I think that was the case here. Got caught…but wasn’t a brutal hit…and was more opportunistic than unsportsmanlike.

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