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Video: Kings’ Richards spears Sharks’ Couture

Apr 21, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT

Frustration appeared to get the better of L.A. Kings’ forward Mike Richards toward the end of Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

Richards was assessed a double-minor for spearing Logan Couture behind the play with just over five minutes remaining in the third period of Game 2, which the host San Jose Sharks won decisively by a final score of 7-2, taking a 2-0 series lead.

“We got our asses kicked pretty much,” said Kings’ captain Dustin Brown afterward. The final moments of this one could’ve gotten a whole lot uglier, although most of the mayhem ended when Richards was penalized for his spear on Couture.

But this isn’t the first such incident of this kind in these playoffs. Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic speared Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser in Game 1 of that series. It earned Lucic a $5,000 fine.

In the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series, Corey Perry got away with a warning for his spear on Jamie Benn.

So, given the previous case studies so far, will Richards be in line for further discipline such as a fine? Or will he get off with just a warning?

  1. hookersdontsnuggle - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    The kings are such a stupid franchise. From their players to their fans.

  2. canucks30 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    What’s happens to Mike Richards?

    He’s gone from a 60+ point 2nd line centre, perennial Selke Trophy candidate who always raises his game in the playoffs to 3rd liner who contributes very little offense and is a defensive liability.

    Maybe after winning an Olympic Gold Medal and Stanley Cup he’s content to just go though the motions.

    • uscthom78 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      Kramer is done.

    • mcphillthy - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      This is why homer shipped him off years ago. He started to decline, he was no longer the leader Philly needed so homer shipped off his damaged goods and stocked for the future.
      He is back to hos party boy mind set. He would rather party then stay in game shape.
      Quit your crying. You won a cup using him. Be happy with that…. Even though you have to deal with that insanely long contract of his now.
      PS. Wayne Simmonds says he loves it in Philly.
      Let the thumb downs begin!!

  3. canucks30 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    What I imagine Mike Richards does when he’s out on the town in Hollywood:

    I still remember Alex Burrows “cocaine taunt” from the 2012 Playoffs:

    http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2012/04/13/video-alex-burrows-taunts-mike-richards-alleged-affinity-for-partying/

    Not sure if a Flyers “dry island” approach would work in LA but the Kings need to do something to light a fire under Richards because he’s been very mediocre this year.

  4. gino97 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    That’s so stupid. Not even a penalty. Let it go and DON’T show a replay on NBC. Then we wont have to hear every “spectator hockey fan” cry foul and tell us how disgusting it is. Same thing with Lucic and DeKeyser. It wasn’t called so if they don’t replay it it’s just another play that happens day in and day out.

    • canucks30 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I didn’t realize spearing a guys nutsack (Lucic) qualified as “just another play”. I don’t think it belongs in professional hockey but if you do, it’s you’re prerogative.

      Then again, spearing someone in the nuts isn’t new:

  5. modown0 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    At some point the league needs to step in.

    Lucic on DeKeyser – 0 PIM, 5k fine, no suspension
    Perry on Benn – 2 PIM, no fine, no suspension
    Richards on Couture – 4 PIM (the game was already out of hand), ?, ?

    It may actually pay of to spear somebody. So for (on average) 2 penalty minutes and a 2k fine you can: inflict a lot of pain, agitate the opponent, and possibly set up a retaliation penalty. Seems like a good tradeoff. The league apparently wants spearing to stick around…

  6. hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Not hard to see why this keeps happening. What can they really do to Richards? They can fine him up to $5k, which is what they did to Lucic (along with the ‘we can’t suspend you so please don’t do this again’ speech).

    The league is aware that the favoritism is under a microscope. They can’t do much. Hopefully they’ll put this on their list of things to ‘crack down on’ so we can stop seeing this gutless cheap shots.

  7. arbruins - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Oh, but this never happens!!! All you new age glowing puck pseudo hockey fans are appalled when this happens. Welcome to hockey, this type of play has been in the game for years. It has been part of it since the beginning. Leave the damn game alone…haven’t you ruined it enough already?

    • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Having a hard time understanding if you are being sacastic.

      I’m wondering if you truly feel that the game has been ruined as it moves a little further away from the gladiator mentality of old, for which the league itself is now being sued for by none other than the gladiators themselves, and a little further in the direction of player safety?

      Regardless – spearing has always been a cheap, dirty play.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        It’s cheap and dirty but happening in every game and always has. Get off the self-righteous crusade and realize it is called playoff hockey.

      • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Spearing isn’t playoff hockey, bro. Thinking it is acceptible is unacceptible.

  8. prd797 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Great job NHL. Yet again you’ve dropped the ball by not disciplining Lucic, and now you’ve just given your blessing to allow this garbage to continue.

    Time and time again the NHL proves that they do not care for the safety of their players nor do they truly care about the integrity of the game. Just sickening.

  9. kastout11 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Come on Richie. Spearing a guy is gutless. Drop the gloves and deal with the problems that way. Richie was, without a doubt, my favorite player when he was a Flyer. He dropped the gloves with Dubinsky just about every game. He used to play hard-nosed, and if he had to drop the gloves, he did.

  10. sixchr - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Look at all the outrage! You know what happened? A Bruin was caught doing it and everyone lost their minds. Now people’s antennas are up and something that happens a lot more often than we think is in the spotlight so we’re seeing it more. This kind of crap happens constantly in the playoffs. I don’t like it any more than anyone else but people have blown this one WAY out of proportion.

    • gino97 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Exactly sixchr! Lucic the “big bad Bruin” has a replay run on him and then god knows how many million viewers see something that happens once a game and cry foul. Now Richards does it a game later and since all the “playoff fans” are now tuning in there is going to be a picket outside NHL headquarters to stop the barbarianism. Gimme a break, every guy out there is doing whatever he can to get under his opponents skin. If it’s not verbal it’s a physical thing like this. If you don’t like it, Grow a pair.

      • nj666 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        you both sound like idiots.

      • sixchr - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        @nj666 I’m not excusing what Lucic did. I’m simply pointing out that when a Bruin does something everyone loses their minds and nobody says a damn thing when a player from another team does it.

  11. flyboystransport - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Richards has always been moody…..it’s what happens when ur hung over all the time. He gets bought out he’ll do the same thing…One good season then one bad season.

  12. arbruins - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Go watch golf you losers. This is playoff hockey…,take off the panties and shut up

  13. njadvocate111 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Would you look at all the whining and crying going on in here! If you don’t like the way the game is played, go watch basketball. Playoff hockey is not for the faint of heart. Its part of the game, right wrong or indifferent. The fact that people are crying about this, rather than hits like Seabrooks (ie. intentional headshots) is absolutely ridiculous. The game is not perfect, no game will ever be, but lets get our priorities straight about what we want to take a stand for. If you think a sack tap is as dangerous as rattling someones brain then you’ve either never played, or you’re an NBA fan.

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