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Report: NHL reviewing Bourque, Dorsett incidents from Game 5

May 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

Tuesday’s wild third period in Game 5 of the Rangers-Canadiens series has left the NHL’s Department of Player Safety with plenty to review today.

Per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the league is looking into a pair of incidents that occurred late in the game — Rene Bourque‘s cross-check on Derek Dorsett at the final horn (Bourque was given a five-minute major and game misconduct):


Lavoie also reports the league will be reviewing Dorsett’s headbutt on Mike Weaver:


Dorsett’s actions — which went unpenalized — prompted this response from Weaver (they also prompted the cross-check from Bourque, but I digress…):

In related news, the league has already scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was given a match penalty midway through the third period for this hit on Montreal forward Dale Weise:

According to ESPN New York, Moore’s hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m today.

Finally, in an incident that won’t be reviewed but is worth pointing out, Dorsett appeared to snow shower the kid Montreal uses in its pregame torch ceremony:



  1. bucrightoff - May 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Snow showering the kid looks bad but my guess is it wasn’t totally intentional (what kind of richard would actually do that?). The headbutt, on the other hand, was total crap and should result in a suspension.

    • mark1260m - May 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Hard to tell from that angle, but he looked to shower the team entering the ice, the kid got in the way.

    • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I don’t think Dorsett is all there. If not for his little jab at Bourque at the end, there’s no drama there. I’m wondering what the league could possibly say to Bourque for that. Sticking up for yourself doesn’t normally carry a suspension. Just poor sportsmanship by Dorsett the entire game long.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        It does when you cross check a guy in the face? I never understood why nobody respects the Habs, but after watching this series, I’m starting to. It’s pretty disgraceful watching all you guys hook and slash, and dive around like ballerinas with inner ear infections. I guess you do whatever you have to, but you should know that it’s pretty embarrassing.

      • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I’m more of a NYR fan than a habs fan, I can’t stand Gionta mainly. Didn’t like Subban, but he’s growing on me, and Staal has been the dirtier player between the two of them in these playoffs.

        However, when you say wathcing ‘you guys hook and slash’, etc etc., it makes it sound like you should take a break and breathe. I wasn’t playing. Honest.

        Now honestly – impartially speaking. Dorsett started that mess with Bourke, then skated back to him – Bourke threw his stick out there but it really did look like it hit Dorsett lower and then was reflected up. Personally I’d pass reviewing it, you don’t start that stuff and then whine about what happens. I don’t know how it’s defended. Dorsett wasn’t shaken up, he wasn’t hit that hard as it was only a reflection. I don’t mind agitators in the game, but I can’t defend them either.

      • mpg44 - May 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Bwayblueshirts….I wouldn’t talk about that cause the rangers are not any better in this series.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        mpg44, what exactly have the Rangers done that hasn’t been penalized? How many penalties have the Habs gotten after Rangers dives? Rangers have been by far the better and classier team in this series.

      • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Again, impartially – I think you are wrong. I’d rather see Columbus in NYR’s spot right now, but I don’t mind watching the NYR. However, your view is WAY contaminated.

      • rrsm53 - May 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        crosschecking someone in the face is not defending yourself, plus he brought the stick down on him a second time if you watch the tape, everyone went nuts when Thornton did what he did to Orpik a high stick to the face is really not any different can cause damage either way. Dorsett is a punk for sure, but Bourque like most of the Canadians are just cheap shot artists. I love Weise got nailed he is the biggest weasel on that team.

      • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Ah, ok. Well, I certainly don’t think Dorsett is any better than Weise, for sure. I don’t think Bourque’s intent was to get Dorsett in the face, but Dorsett surely deserved to play beaver and eat wood after that game. Good to see Stepan and Kreider stepping up though.

      • hockey412 - May 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        You know what man, I just went back to watch that again. That cross check was on the shoulder…watch Dorsett’s arm/stick. Not sure if he did it on purpose, but either way it’s cheap to call that a cross-check in the face. That’s on Dorsett, 100% – the cause, the scuffle, the outcome. All on him.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        hockey412, I am obviously a NYR fan (born and bred), and if the league wanted to suspend both or neither I’m fine either way. Rules for physical contact are subjective, but in order to be fair, they have to be applied consistently. So contact with the head, away from the play or after the whistle, must be dealt with in the same way for everyone. Suspend them both, or suspend neither. Or just use meaningless fines to pretend to do your job, I don’t really care. But whatever you do, do it consistently.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Also, nobody was happier than me when Plekanec got his 2-minute Oscar After-Party in the box.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      What about Eller boarding Zucc? I thought that was the most suspendable play last night.

      • fyregeek - May 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        you thought wrong !

    • bcisleman - May 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      The snow shower had to be intentional. Whether it was meant for the kid is hard to say but Dorsett is a total tool so maybe. To me that’s worse than the head butt.

  2. terrier92 - May 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Montreal is the drama capital of the universe. Notice how none of the other series have this level of BS going on. Please Rangers elongate these Hab aholes.

    • charlie24zz - May 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      You’re a delusional whiner, perfect for this site

      • drewsylvania - May 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        This is very funny coming from you.

      • charlie24zz - May 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        drew! My favourite ass****

    • abouv1 - May 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Are you not whining and creating drama right now?

    • nj666 - May 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      typical rangers fan, your team acts scummy but the other guys are at “whiners” for pointing it out. The hypocrisy is truly great, because I’m sure all of you would be quiet as church mice if someone ran the queen, took cheap shots on your players, or spied on your practices. Most of what I’ve heard from rangers fans is complaining that the league is against their team which is greatly ironic.

  3. JoeAvg - May 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Certainly no shortage of mishegoss in this battle to see who gets the right to have their butt kicked by the Kings.

    • imleftcoast - May 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Kings look unstoppable. I’d like to see the Blackhawks simplify their game and throw the puck to the open ice and chase it. I’m not sure something like the Habs style will work, but the Hawks have to switch from perfect plays to pressuring the puck through three zones. I don’t see them turning the series around by trying harder. It’s time for some coaching Q.

      • JoeAvg - May 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I just don’t see anybody beating them the way they’re playing. It’s a well oiled hockey machine. Not particularly a fan of theirs but you have to admire what Lombardi & Co. have done with this franchise.

  4. mark1260m - May 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Anyone else notice the ranger who helped the kid back up when he fell right in front of the players taking the ice? Classy move, for a dangerous situation with those skates at head level.

    • Mike Halford - May 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      It was Zuccarello.

      • girouxsalem89 - May 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Dude is a class act and has stepped up his game big time in the playoffs.

        Great player.

    • fyregeek - May 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      yes that was nice

    • pl4tinum514 - May 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      looked to me like his stick was over in the kid’s legs before he helped him up.

  5. drewsylvania - May 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    The Habs bring this out of people.

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Lets be fair. It’s unlikely that Dorsett is spraying the kid on purpose. It’s more likely that his intention was aimed towards the Habs coming out and didn’t notice the kid was skating across. Either way, it should be a fine. Kinda hard to believe that a professional would be that much of a arse to target a toddler.

    His headbutt should get him 4 games minimum. It’s one thing to line up a check and miss the target of impact but this is quite different. This was deliberate and very dangerous. The NHL needs to make an example of him to show that a clear intent to injure will not be tolerated.

    • drewsylvania - May 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      That headbutt looked less dangerous than, say, a flying elbow, or the retaliatory Bourque cross-check.

      • holymakinaw - May 28, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        little drew, are really that dumb or you just want to get responses for the attention…I have been reading in this forum since the series started and your posts are so, so outlandish that I have to comment….how ridiculous it is for you to say’the headbutt LOOKED less dangerous than Bourque’s crosscheck to the chest…you must be 15 or 16 year old to even compare the two…when was the last headbutt you have seen in all your many years of watching hockey…what an unbelievably idiotic comment…

    • polishblue - May 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      “The NHL needs to make an example of him to show that a clear intent to injure will not be tolerated.”

      Really, just like they made used Prust as a precedent for breaking jaws on high hits…

      4 games? Get a grip

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        You’re comparing the wrong things. Moore’s hit is similar to Prust’s.

        A deliberate and violent headbutt that leaves no room for misinterpretation, unless you’re a homer, is deserving of a significant ban. It has no place in hockey.

      • imleftcoast - May 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Need a rolling poll on here to vote on the team with the stupidest fans. I thought the Bruins had won that over the Flyers and Pens, but it looks like the Rangers are the clear favorites. Absolutely no hockey sense. For bonus points, the taunting at MSG is infantile. You don’t taunt a goalie after letting in one numbnuts.

    • JoeAvg - May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      You’d like to think that he spraying the Habs but there’s no one in the vicinity other than the kid. They opened a gap in the line to let him skate in. Only seen this incident how it’s presented here but it’s hard to imagine that Dorsett was skating so fast that he had no time to change his actions if he wanted too. Did he have his head turned to act like he wasn’t aware of what he was doing? Can’t tell here. Still, it’s a punk move.

      Oh and…I positively hate the sports media’s new found fascination with animated gifs. Just embed a video for crying out loud.

    • stakex - May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Well no one is going to get 4 games in the playoffs for something that caused no injury. Head-butting that doesn’t cause an injury has generally received a fine or one game suspension at most.

      Patrick Kaleta received 4 games of a head-butt a couple years ago, but it was his third head-butt in two years (fined for the first one, and I don’t think he was punished for the second one) and Shanahan made it clear that his history was the main reason for the lengthy suspension.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Shanahan also emphasized the clear intent for his first suspension.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      If you’re going to ban Dorsett, Bourque has to go for the cross-check. Exact same thing, except Dorsett used his head and Bourque used his stick. Personally, I don’t care one way or the other, as long as they apply the rules consistently for both teams. That has been a serious problem ever since game 2.

  7. Eutaw's Finest - May 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Moore gets 1 game without a doubt. Borque went for a cross check at the chest not the face and it rode up when the 2 tangled, so no suspension coming there. And as dirty as the Dorsett headbutt was, I doubt he gets a game either.

    The NHL SHOULD want to make the focus about a good game 6 as opposed to erroneous suspensions. Hopefully they don’t shell out too much and take the attention away from the game.

  8. newgod99 - May 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Weaver dove and hit Dorsetts head.

  9. arrow43050 - May 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I’ve been questionable about how the league has acted all year towards the Rangers. Yes it is in League’s best financial interest for the Rangers to go as far as possible but INDIVIDUALS make decisions and many of those individuals are former players. If John Moore gets anything more than 1 game I will be absolutely apoplectic. Prust is a repeat offender, who hit the player completely away from the play with no reasonable expectation of being targeted, caused serious injury with clear evidence of the primary point of contact being the head (since the jaw was broken). Moore has NO history, checked the player who just passed the puck and did not break Weise’s jaw. I don’t see how it is possible to rationalize more than 1 game, especially since it is later in the series. On that note though, Rafael Diaz has been more than an adequate replacement for Moore on more (no pun intended) than one occasion.

  10. roryflyers - May 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comparing what Bourque did to what Thornton did to Orpik is completely ridiculous. Is what Dorsett did to Weaver just as bad too cause he hit him in the head? And Montreal fans are the whiners, right?

  11. justinpecora50 - May 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    The game is over, you scored a hat trick, your team has a little momentum, WHY OH WHY, would you run the risk of getting suspended over a 4th liner? And while we’re at it, this is the following quote from Rene Bourque “Everyone talks about…(Lundqvist’s) a great goalie. Has he been better than (Tokarski) this series? I don’t think so.” Just what HANK and the Rangers need to see on their bulletin board.

  12. broadstreetbeatdown - May 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Too bad Bourque didn’t break Dorsett’s jaw.

  13. benjaminumen - May 29, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    I’m an avid Bruins fan and I hate the Habs naturally but Bourque is in the clear. Dorsett is just acting like a loose cannon and complete asshole. Makes you think about another former ranger…anyone remember Sean Avery haha of course you do. Dorsett better not make a habit of this behavior or his career could be finished pretty fast. And I really hope the show showering of the youth player was unintentional but signs point to him doing it on purpose. Someone who gets a laugh or any joy out of that is a piece of crap.

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