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Video: ‘I would never try and hurt the goalie,’ says Dvorak

Mar 27, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo left Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes for what George Richards of the Miami Herald reported as precautionary reasons, after the Florida Panthers goalie was run into by Radek Dvorak.

The incident occurred in the first period of the Hurricanes’ 3-0 win over the Panthers. Dvorak was driving hard to the net down the right side, but couldn’t stop in time.

He ran right into Luongo, and was then ejected from the game. Dvorak received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.

Dvorak seemed contrite about the incident afterward.

“It was not intentional, I tried to stop,’’ Dvorak said, as per the Miami Herald. “That’s not my game. I would never try and hurt the goalie. I got pushed a little and tried to hold up. I kind of felt bad. I never want to hurt anyone out there. It just happened.’’


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  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Looks like he shoves Lou’s face with his left hand. Not sure he did or it was intentional if he in fact did. That’s probably why he got the major.. They really need video review for these situations.

    • hockey412 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      But you know what, I’m so glad they threw hit out. I think that should have happened several other times this season.

      Thing is, in the old days you were NOT getting to the goalie going 70 mph – you were only getting there if you could avoid being tackled. These days the D-men don’t have a lot of tools, can’t hold them up. So they blaze in skating “hard to the net” and disclaim any responsibility when it ends in a collission. I wouldn’t want to be a goalie right now.

      Until the league cracks down and says “I don’t care WHAT the reason, you hit the goalie, you’re gone”, and the onus is on the offense to not take a collission course with the goalie, this will continue.

      • hockey412 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        threw him out, not threw hit out

      • storminator16 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Meh. Scoring chance, guy draped on his back. He didn’t take a “collision course” to the goalie. He was trying to control the puck and put the puck on the net. However, he was late doing the both and tried to stop way too late. Holy over reaction by everyone. Its just Radek Dvorak.

      • hockey412 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        I disagree on not taking a collission course. If this was a playoff team, say a Boston, or Tampa, and the starting goalie was run, I think even more over-reaction would follow.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Does he know that you need to turn your skates to stop? That was 100% intentional regardless of whatever he tells the media to avoid further punishment.

    Plays like this highlight why fighting will always have a place in hockey.

    • capsfan14 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      I can tell you have not skated a minute in your life. He does turn his skates, but at that speed it’s impossible to stop at a dime.

      • c9castine - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        um yeah i dont think what you said qualifies you either….

        if i can skate full speed and stop on a dime so can these guys. im not say dvorak should be suspended or it was dirty or something but there was no full effort to stop come on.

      • capsfan14 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        So you can’t skate and you lack knowledge of basic physics. With the angle and velocity that dvorak had it made it literally impossible for him to avoid contact.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Good one. His foot never attempts to stop until he’s already into Luongo’s pads.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Any referees out there that would care to conjecture why this was five AND a game? Is it because Lu had to leave the game?

    • killerpgh - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      If a major penalty is imposed for charging and it results in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct automatic according to rule book.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Yup, you’re right, not sure how I couldn’t find that myself the first time. Thanks.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        But wait…the latest post said Luongo finished the period. So he was not injured at the time of the game misconduct, only shaken up. If that’s the case then this was still at the discretion of the refs and seems like an overreaction.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:46 AM


    The bottom line friends is that Luongo will now ‘pay’ for that which he did to Vancouver and the Canucks …

    • rahavort - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Cool more youtoob links from blommy

    • titansbro - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      I’d say he did them a favor since they are no longer under the weight of that contract.

      • blomfeld - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        The Canucks have to eat (ie: amortize) circa $15 mil over the next 9 years, which is part of the cost of ridding themselves of Luongo and his greedy ways. And then you have the many thousands of obsolete “Made in Bangladesh” Luongo jerseys which are now completely obsolete …

      • killerpgh - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Or $800,000 over the next 8 season for a total of 6.4 million.

  5. muckleflugga - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    so let me get this straight …

    some dimwit with the brains of a gnat runs someone over so sending some knuckle-dragging slope-headed cro magnon out to beat the offending idiot into further idiocy would stop the prevailing stupidity in the nhl …

    the practice has failed to correct the problem for the fifty five years i’ve watched the stupidity spawn then grow in the nhl

    give these clowns a twenty game holiday without pay … use an arbitration panel made up of medical people and human engineering specialists to make the decision … free of appeal or interference from the nhl head office where the only thing that matters is gate

    you can’t correct thousands of years of in-breeding that produces high grade morons that are slotted into hockey because let’s face it, there are just so many corrals and stables that need mucking-out

    nail the assholes in the pocket book … or in this instance … anchor the goalpost in concrete and arm the goalies with tasers

    both will produce the requisite jitterbugging that might deter blatant fouls from these mongrels in the future

    • hockeyes - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      …. what?

    • hockey412 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      I UNDERSTOOD THIS!!!!! Almost all of it! NICE!

      Actually, I don’t even disagree with it!!! Holy crap is it me? Am I going crazy?

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Nice Gord Downie quote

    • micasa81 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Well, I did learn from this post that “assholes” will not be auto-moderated. Tinkyouveddymuch.

  6. stakex - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Five and a game for that? Seems rather excessive. Sure he could have stopped a bit quicker, but he didn’t flat out plow into Luongo either…. 2 minutes would have been a better call.

  7. mrhyperpants - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    I doubt the Canucks down fall is Lunogos fault. More like Gills and his stupid decisions.

  8. muckleflugga - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:06 AM


    no you’re right …

    the hockey pixies launched luongo into the back corner of his net while the net itself was sent flying by gossamer threads of fairy dust

    the better call would have seen luongo apologizing to hockey on behalf of arena security who let the little rascals in

    gary and brendan will be reviewing the apparent outbreak of pixies and gremlins and cherubim distorting and warping perception of clean play meeting time-honoured nhl standards that always flares-up at season’s end

    hey … presto magic


    what was i thinking

    • hockeyes - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:28 AM


    • hockey412 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Nevermind I guess I’m ok, I didn’t get this one at all…

  9. csilojohnson - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    you need help…..

  10. kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I had no idea Dvorak was still playing. Thats what blew me away. But I mean the dude is 37 and never done anything like this before so its all good. Throw him out. Not like hes any good.

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