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Video: Blues’ Lapierre called for boarding Brookbank from behind

Apr 21, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

Maxim Lapierre was handed only a minor penalty for boarding when he drove Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank from behind into the glass in the second period of Game 3.

The incident occurred with 12:50 remaining in the second period. Brookbank remained in the game for Chicago, which was in search of a win to get back in this best-of-seven series.

Brookbank was also inserted into Chicago’s lineup because of the three-game suspension to Brent Seabrook, who was given the ban after an late and high hit on Blues center David Backes in Game 2.

For Lapierre, this isn’t the first time this season he’s hit an opposing player in the numbers, driving them from behind into the boards. In October, San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Dan Boyle was taken off the ice on a stretcher when Lapierre hit him from behind.

Lapierre was given a five-game suspension as a result.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Part of that clean, hard nosed play style, no doubt.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      You forgot heavy hitting too.

  2. jpat2424 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Hey Hawks shoot the damn puck !!!

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Amen jpat.

  3. dwoklives - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Ugh thanks a lot, Lapierre. Cue the barrage of Blues hate.

    • no - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      ok. screw that scummy team and the refs that are on their payroll.

  4. bluebru14 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    As a Blues fan, I have no defense for that play, it was idiotic.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Sure you do. Say it with me: “He learned it in Vancouver. “

      • hawksin5 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM


      • elvispocomo - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        So, he was a nice guy in Montreal? comeonnowguys…

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        I realize I’m not actually funny, but I had hoped it would be somewhat obvious when I’m trying to have a little fun.

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    essential tremors …?

    what’s with the glove shaking by brookbank … you wanna fight, fight … you wanna shake gloves, you come across like a piss-ant bruin, nhl glove shaking champions …

    all show no throw … it’s laughable

    these glove shaking clowns like to think they’ve won some sort of psychological advantage by simply shaking … typically picking a non fighter or a situation in a close game where anyone would be a fool to accept

    trust me, if lapierre had waded-in brookbank would have hands his hands full

    if he’d actually thrown down

    • jetsnhawks - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Bahahaha you sir are a moron. Laprincess is nothing but a hit from behind wuss that wouldn’t and couldn’t ever back it up. The fact that you are a fan of him speaks volumes of your douchery

    • kicksave1980 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Brookbank drops his gloves regularly when he’s in the lineup. Apparently you’re one of the few people in Earth who has ever seen Lapierre drop his.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      brookbank was mocking lapierre because he had the glove shaking going twice during the previous game when there were 8 players and 4 refs between him and the hawks player.

    • jonnyhammersticks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    • matt14gg - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      You’ve clearly never seen LaPierre fight. He would have looked for a soft place to land like he usually does.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      Look, i get your little stir things up kinda schtick but the Bruins were second in the league in fighting majors. You can’t be stupid all the time, pick your spots better.

  6. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    This power play is pathetic.

    In related news: water is wet.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      What kind of chicken do you have sacrifice to get a two – goal lead in this joint?

  7. bluebru14 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Good point. Whatever happens, the one thing we can have in common is wishing nothing but the worst for Vancouver

    • elvispocomo - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Stay classy, St Louis… comeonnowguys…

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM


    incorrect … lapierre was making the same kind of hits when he was still with les canadiens and later with ducks

    alain vigneault managed to coach much of max’s bad habits out of him while with canucks … canucks were not the same team without either he or torres

    which leads me to ask, where did either of seabrook or reaves play when picking up their gooning ways

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Was just throwing a guy a bone. Captain buzzkill.

    • jonnyhammersticks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

  9. dwoklives - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Reavers prefers the term “enforcer”

  10. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I may turn this off with 1:30 left and come back for OT.

    • r8rbhawk - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      I was thinking the same exact thing, glad I stuck around, I died a little though…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      I didn’t, but it was funny that they had a push from 2 minutes to about 1:30 where they liked like they could show anyway.

  11. comeonnowguys - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Chelsea, Chelsea, I believe…

  12. spetznaz777 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    just another night in the chicago cryhawks dome.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Uh, wha??

      • spetznaz777 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        hawks really thought the blues weren’t going to bring the heat? i saw cherry’s take on keith’s hackjob on tarasenko last game no sympathy for him glad ott took him out. as for brookbank he got up unscathed. just because they’re the defending champs doesn’t mean they get beauty treatment from the refs. blues in 5.

  13. hawksin5 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    gotta say. that hit was twice as dangerous and ugly as the seabrook hit. will it get reviewed by the league? pfffft hell no.

    • jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Both were stupid. Can’t say one was more dangerous than the other… oh wait, you did.

  14. jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Stupid penalty. He obviously didn’t hit him as hard as he could, but the numbers were there for a couple seconds, at least. Not sure if he was looking for revenge, or what, but he’s lucky he didn’t get 5min.

  15. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:12 AM


    throwing a guy the bone seems to be your chief virtue … freudian slip much

    so everyone who calls you on your stupidity and mindless repetition of cliché is a buzzkill … go to bed if you can’t take some straight up hockey talk without behaving like the offended pimple-ranching ass

    i’m not sure which franchise pulls the biggest assemblage of halfwit nancy-boys who’ve never played the game, but hawks and penguins fans polluting these boards with child-speak make it a tough call for top spot

    as for jetsnhawks, if lapierre is such a wus –the twenty something numpties with persistent skin issues are out in force– why did brookbank shake and not throw …

    the fact of the matter is, brookbank like bickell, is an oversized paper tiger and both play it rough and tough but sell the big splash on the boards at every opportunity … neither actually fight for all their bluff and bluster

    like bruins who point fingers at other teams, hawks dive as much or more than any team in the nhl … brookbank like keith, sold tonight’s hits hard but keith is a such notorious cheap-shot stick-happy goof, you could kill him and the referees would be looking for nickels

    i’m not his fan, but i like lapierre’s speed, his grit and his willingness to engage anyone anywhere … i’ve seen him in three fights and he never lost any of them … he’s strong and wiry and he laughs at his opponents through out

    hawks are to busy crying, shaking gloves, whining at referees and grabbing their junk in protest …

    real men

    off to bed now … shoo … shoo

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Wow. That’s a whole lot of crazy in a while lot of text.

  16. mikemj - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    This hit is a perfect example of the NHL’s ridiculous approach to discipline. It’s an illegal and dangerous hit but because no one was injured it’s not even a major penalty. They will never eliminate dangerous hits as long as they punish the RESULT of the hit instead of the hit itself.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      The NHL implements discipline based on the language contained under Article 18 in the CBA. “The CBA is is the basic contract between the National Hockey League (NHL) team owners and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), designed to be arrived at through the typical labour-management negotiations of collective bargaining.”

      In other words, players and NHL owners agreed on the process and guiding principles which are included in the CBA.

  17. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM


    perhaps all this occurred in a vacuum not unlike that inside your echoing skull

  18. rgledz - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    So Spetznaz……you’re saying that because Brookbank got up that it’s okay that he got run from behind???? So if Backes gets up unscathed the Seabrook hit isn’t an issue?? What an idiotic statement. Oh, and please try and hide your jealousy of the defending champions, it’s a pretty ugly trait.

    • jhaegs - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      Well if Backes got up unscathed, chances are he didn’t get a full speed shoulder to the face. DPS takes a player’s injury into consideration when deciding what the discipline will be. They say it in every video…

      • alexbaymac - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Actually if Backes gets up, I don’t think there *would* have been a major, much less a suspension. Neither I nor the announcers (NBC’s) saw an arm go up on the play. The penalty was assessed *after* Backes was obviously woosy.
        And I’ve said it before, OFF the ice Backes is tough to dislike! On the ice, different story. Rubbing his glove in Toews bloodied face in Game1? That was just ‘gamesmanship’? Then the taunts were just gamesmanship as well; can’t have it both ways…..& they did stop when he was obviously really hurt. And he was still challenging Toews to fight! Gotta respect something in there…just trying to figure out what!

  19. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:56 AM


    how are you able to divine what brookbank was thinking when shaking his gloves …?

    the point is, all this glove shaking, by either brookbank or chara or lapeierre is a bunch of schoolyard-grade nonsense, and it’s a bore when actual hockey could be played

    the games are long enough as it is

    finally, rather than bringing-in verbatim quotes that take up space, use a link … it might surprise you but everyone can access your sources even as you access them

    [ mind you, seeing some of the chatter from generation x-box one is left wondering ]

    or, simply present an argument as your own without relying on quotes of any kind … i’d rather hear what you have to say everytime

    • jonnyhammersticks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      • jhaegs - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        Who are you? Captain knots? Captain tying knots? 5-6-4-3 yeah right! Not my chair, not my problem…

  20. pulltops - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    One of the dirtiest players to ever disgrace the rinks of the National Hockey League….I truly hope to see, one day soon, somebody go “Wayne Maki” on this piece of crap because he deserves it.

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