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No hearing scheduled for Niederreiter after Burrows hit

Mar 27, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

No disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Nino Niederreiter after his high hit on Vancouver’s Alex Burrows during Minnesota’s 5-2 loss on Wednesday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Here’s the hit in question:



Niederreiter was given a two-minute interference minor on the play. Burrows briefly left the game — he finished the second period with just six shifts for 3:49 TOI — but returned to play over five minutes in the third.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Never left his feet, didn’t lead with an elbow, wasn’t late, only thing wrong with it was that it wasn’t Flyers or Bruins player on the receiving end.

    • topshelf37 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Strong start then you make yourself look like a fool. Agreed this was clean, in fact looks like he went out of his way to stay low. We should be questioning why this was intereference not whether it’s suspension worthy.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Maybe borderline on how square through the body it was, but I don’t really have an issue with it. Certainly not illegal otherwise – including for interference so they must have felt they needed to call something on it and settled with that.

    • bnasu13 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      So glad it was Burrows. Least favorite player in the NHL

  2. ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    keep your head up. don’t get hit in the head on clean checks. case closed.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      open and shut case

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Why was this in question? Burrows has his head down, Niederreiter bends down a bit to line up Burrows in the chest. Then Niederreiter shoulder connects with the head with the follow through. Good hit in my opinion. Unfortunate that it hurt Burrows.

  4. hockey412 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    How was interference the call?

  5. kingcobraman - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    seems open season on Burrows with his rep…. anyone else its a major…

    • ignath - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Bullcrap…the hit isn’t even interference much less a major penalty.

      Guess a guy can’t follow through on a check in progress anymore if this crap is interference. He was obviously going for the check before Burrows fired the puck into the zone and only collided with Burrows a second after he releases the puck. It’s not interference nor a major unless you’re wearing blue-tinted glasses.

    • ignath - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Bullcrap…the hit isn’t even interference much less a major penalty.

      Guess a guy can’t follow through on a check in progress anymore if this crap is interference. He was obviously going for the check before Burrows fired the puck into the zone and only collided with Burrows a second after he releases the puck. It’s not interference nor a major unless you’re wearing blue-tinted glasses.

    • nj666 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      clean hit. stop with the player pity

  6. bwayblueshirt - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Sorry, but not even interference. Came through the center of his body, elbow tucked, didn’t target the head, nor was it the principle point of contact, and he never left his feet. Just a good hard check. No penalty, no suspension, no problem.

  7. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Refs are regularly penalizing based on outcome rather than the actual hit. Much like the ridiculous call on Prosser a couple weeks ago, the refs called a penalty simply because of apparent injury to the recipient.

    • tved12 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      A game misconduct no less.

      • tved12 - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        I don’t understand the thumbs downs, I was just stating the facts. Prosser was assessed a game misconduct for that penalty.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        i’m guessing they thought you meant the one last night, but that’s just my thought. but ya, this site is filled with a bunch of children with thumbs that think it’s hurting your feelings when they give you one down. I’ve never seen so many questions and straight-up FACTS thumbed down in my life as on PHT.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        lol, what else gets me:

        next time there’s a story where health well-wishes would be a typically accepted comment, look at the down-thumbs on the people that make those comments. it’s unbelievable. there’s people out there that evaluate what team you like, and 100% of the time, regardless of what you typed, you’ll get a thumb down from them as if they’re affecting an NHL scoreboard. children.

      • tved12 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I suppose that makes sense. Not that the thumbs down mean anything, I was just wondering if people actually read any posts before they judge them.

  8. r8rbhawk - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Clean hit, even happier that it was on Burrows

  9. luvmnsports2012 - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Doesn’t matter, we still lost a much needed and winnable game! Outplayed by the Canucks…how will we do in the playoffs, that’s if we make it!!

  10. muckleflugga - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    what a load …

    get your eyes checked …welfare glasses a little foggy … brush the cheeto crumbs off … wade through the empties and get some air

    the shoulder clearly goes through and nails burrows’ chin … snapping his head back with severe force … the worst kind of force to be taken by the least protected part of the skull

    on a defenceless player

    this is exhibit 944 b in the concussion lawsuit proving beyond any doubt the league and players with tacit approval of the league encourage and foster murderous contact and violent play

    with all these statistics being bandied about a poll should be taken to determine how many of you clowns actually play

    clean hit … should have kept his head up … pissoff numpties

    no one playing the game would read that hit as anything other than head-hunting

  11. muckleflugga - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    what are the odds neidereitter would have taken a run at a flames player in similar circumstance … nil zero nada

    with guys like mcgrattan dangling his arms over the boards these cheap-shot scum would be left to beat their children and put dogs to fire for entertainment

    what is worse is smug pukes assuring themselves ability to kill someone while pretending to make play on the puck or take a player out is somehow okay …

    this while joining the pasty-faced pencil-neck suit-jockeys on the avenue of the americas in consensus … why have headshot rules …?

    the game is so intrinsically dull fans would be left with no talking points outside drooling approval of violent play … the league is diseased and well past any hope of redemption outside of court imposed sanction

    it’s only arrived at this state because consumers of the product advocate violence tacitly through silence or overtly in slobbering approval while waving their babies in the air to watch the carnage

    the nhl is the only professional sports body sanctioning deliberate assault to players heads


  12. hennessey1200hp - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    If Burrows was 6-2 the head is untouched. Its hockey go watch soccer crybabies if you cannot deal with contact, no intent is all they should look at.

  13. muckleflugga - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM


    more players have died from head contact in professional soccer than professional hockey … it’s not even close

    there’s a reason violent contact with the head intentional or otherwise produces a red card and immediate ejection in professional soccer … with a following one game ban subject to further sanction …

    players are accountable for dangerous play … innocence is not presumed as it is in the nhl

    perhaps those who should be crying are those teams battling the wild for a wildcard spot … the wild were permitted by the nhl to keep an important player in the lineup at a critical juncture in their misbegotten season

    variable rule enforcement at its finest

    the product of deryk engelland’s hit on justin abdelkader was nearly identical to niederreiters hit on burrows … engelland’s was possibly more fair because it was not as clearly lateral

    engelland got five games … but then penguins are not a marginal franchise decades removed from extended playoff runs

    the league has acquiesced to its and the wild’s greatest concern … money … their collective bottom line ethic trumps burrows’ health and player safety generally

    get your head out of your ass and see the facts for what they are

    • mp1131211 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      You’d be worth reading if you trimmed down to about one tenth of the length. Until then..

      TL/DR Every time

  14. vstar1us - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Of course there is no hearing it was a BS call, the ref should be fined!

  15. titansbro - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Post too long, skip

  16. muckleflugga - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    titansbro and mp1131211

    children of too long didn’t read parents are themselves challenged by anything that stresses the attention span of a gnat

    tldr … i’m guessing the literary classics were noy found to be cluttering your childhood home

    wheels yes books no

    • mp1131211 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:13 AM

      You’re not a literary classic.

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