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Video: Kings’ Muzzin levels Wild’s Niederreiter

Mar 31, 2014, 11:48 PM EDT

L.A. Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin caught Minnesota Wild Nino Niederreiter looking for the puck in his feet and delivered a massive open ice hit in the neutral zone during the first period of Monday’s game.

There was no penalty on the play, although Niederreiter left the game after only three shifts, as per the Time on Ice report. Niederreiter’s head snapped back upon impact, and he bounced off Kings’ forward Jeff Carter, who was just behind the Wild forward on the backcheck.

Muzzin later caught Wild forward Jason Pominville with another high hit on the second period.

  1. pftfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Nino is the softest “power forward” I’ve seen since Brad Isbister.

    • c9castine - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      have you watched eric tangradi of the jets play??

  2. Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Muzzin made another good hit later which got the Wild’s panties in a wad. He got tackled, which earned the Wild a four-minute minor, but Muzzin was penalized two minutes as well. For what, being the victim? NHL refs are more unpredictable than a teenager on spring break. Wild’s first goal was courtesy of a power play on a hooking call that was pretty thin. If that was hooking then 90% of them aren’t being called.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Funny you mention that, but fail to mention that the Kings 2nd goal was scored shortly after Brodin was tackled trying to hold the blue line, which lead to odd-man rush and sustained zone time and a goal. In addition Fontaine had a breakaway from the red line had he not had his feet taken out of under him by the D who had misplayed the puck and was laying not the ground when he tripped him.

      I didn’t think the officiating was great, but thought good/bad calls even out over the course of the game and that is all you can ask for.

  3. Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Neither of Muzzin’s hits were illegal. Russo’s a homer.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      I agree both appeared clean, however we have had to kill of 2 5 Minute majors for hits just like this (direct hit to the body, but incidental head contact,) in the past week. I agree the consistency in these calls is brutal from game to game, and killing off a 5 min major could have a serious impact on a teams playoff hopes this time of year.

  4. nightfireop - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    impressive…almost 1 hr since this post not a single kings hater…yet.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Sorry, too busy chatting on Wild forums about our win. This hit looked clean. Hit on Pommers was not. This is how the Kings play, like dirt bag sleeve balls always looking for how much they can get away with. Not a Kings hater. Just telling it like it is

      • mp1131211 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        And I’ve had too much to drink, so I’m sure you know what a sleeve ball is!

  5. rgledz - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Will lead 3-2 so who cares. The announcers are embarrassingly bad.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Don’t ever mention Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda and bad in the same sentence…..EVER! Their some of the best announcers in the league, hence why their announcing a nationally televised game between the. Kings and Wild even tho their Sharks announcers.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        They are = they’re

    • guitarhunterdude - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      I’m assuming you’re talking about Lapanta and Gorg.

  6. c9castine - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    great hit. clean, shoulder to shoulder like last nights.

    keep your head up kids. couple of perfect examples of why you should.

  7. slickvb82 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Even as a Wild fan, that hit wasn’t illegal. It may have been a bit cheap, but not illegal.

    On a side note, apparently there’s a few edgy Kings fans on here. El Nino is in no way soft, he took a strong hit and didn’t come back….so @pftfan say something worth saying. And @professorfate chill bud, Russo is one of the better NHL journalists, so you just made yourself look like the homer by that comment.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      So you agree with Russo that it was a head shot? I’m pretty sure Russo writes for a paper in Minnesota covering the Wild, but I’ve never read any of his stuff. He thinks both of Muzzin’s hits weren’t legal (“Already may draw league attn from Nino hit”) and I’m the homer? Please point out where Russo isn’t biased in coming to the defense of Wild players who took legal hits.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        All I said was he is one of the better coverage writers for the NHL. Typically he’s not very biased, but maybe in this case he was.

      • blurwild - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        It looks a lot worse live than it does on the replay. Not illegal, not even “cheap” in my mind. Good clean hit on a guy that had his head down. This coming from a wild fan.

        I think Slick was trying to say that Russo is pretty good, and typically not a homer. You’re making way too many assumptions off of one reporters quick comment on a live at-game tweet.

  8. hawkeedawg - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    After Nino’s hit on Burrows that was a direct headshot ( watch video, first part of Burrows body to move was his head, snapped back violently) Nino had this coming, its called Karma.

    Anyone saying Nino’s hit on Burrows was shoulder to shoulder, next time only smoke half of what you did that night!

    I don’t wish any player to get hurt, but if you want to dish it, learn to take it, and….you might get hurt.

    • slickvb82 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      You’re an idiot… “learn to take it” as if Nino himself came out and complained about this hit?!

      Not to mention the hit on Burrows was NOT illegal. The league even looked at it and said it was legal. Maybe the entire league review office should smoke half??

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        Did I call anyone names? “Idiot??” Read the media outlets, everyone except the NHL thought it was a head shot. Even Kerry Fraser on TSN website thought there should be supplemental discipline. My point was just that if you want to deliver those types of hits, expect them back. Burrows was OK but from what I read, Nino got hurt. This is the grey area the NHL has with these types of hits.

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        Kerry Frasers Take…

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        Don’t just read Fraser’s piece, scroll down to all of he comments and see who has thumbs up and thumbs down. So next time you want to call me an idiot, get your facts straight first. If I am wrong, I can take some flack, but you just show you are not very mature with your comment.

      • hawkeedawg - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        slick, you are the only one on this website to side with the NHL’s Department of Safety, nobody, and I mean nobody will side with you if you think NHL DPS is on the up and up. So what does that say about your NHL knowledge?

      • slickvb82 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM

        The NHL ruled based on their guidelines the check was clean. We’re not talking about the refs here, I understand how sad they’ve been all year. Did I say anything about the NHL Department of Safety being on the “up and up” anyway? Pretty sure I didn’t.

        Nino never razed his body/shoulder when hitting Burrows. He stayed square to the hit the entire time. Burrows head was down, so be it, thats his fault just like the hit tonight on Nino. I never said the hit tonight was illegal.

        If you want to listen to the media people, take into consideration the entire NBC crew working the game that night said it was a clean, legal hit. This has nothing to do with getting my “facts” right. Its actually the fact that you know nothing about hockey and cannot make a clear judgement based on your personal knowledge but only listening to Kerry Fraser or other media types.

        Lastly, I called you an idiot because you said “learn to take it.” Let me explain further for you, that comes across as if Nino was complaining himself about the hit. It says, I can hit people any way I want but when someone hits me I’m going to act like a little girl about it. That never happened….therefor your comment is idiotic :)

  9. guitarhunterdude - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    The Pominville hit was more questionable than this one. This was clean, Niederreiter just got caught in an unfortunate position. Pominville hit was most likely clean as well; Muzzin kinda looked like he got an arm up a bit high but that could’ve just been follow-through.

  10. rgledz - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Watch your use of the word “their” bud, I’m pretty confident you’re using it incorrectly, kind of like the crappy announcer that keeps saying “Mikku” instead of Mikko. Not that tough….except for the crappy announcer that also continuously pronounced the LA coaches name incorrectly. Lastly, for God’s sake it’s Pariseeeeeee, not Parisaaaaaa. He’s not french Canadian. Get it???

    • guitarhunterdude - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      He used the improper “they’re,” but he’s still right. The Sharks commentators are some of the best in the league, and two of the only sports commentators that don’t make me want to punch bunnies. They’re funny, they don’t take themselves too seriously, and (most importantly) they don’t try to play up some big stupid narrative about the game. They just call it like it is, and it’s great, man.

      As for name pronunciation, who cares? It was always puh-REE-ZAY in Jersey, he’s only changed to puh-REE-ZEE in Minnesota because that’s how his dad’s name was pronounced. The latter is just an Americanized version of the former, which is likely the correct pronunciation (I’m assuming it’s Italian).

  11. patshal - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Didn’t look like any punishment should come from that. Looked like a clean hit. He just happened to hit another player after taking the hit. I don’t think it’s suspendable though.

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