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Habs’ Murray suspended three games for ‘forceful’ headshot

Apr 3, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

Montreal defenseman Douglas Murray has been suspended three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Mike Kostka, the NHL announced on Thursday.

“Murray rises up and delivers a forceful blow to Kostka’s head, making it the main point of contact and causing a serious injury,” the league’s Department of Player Safety explained. “While we accept Murray’s claim that there was no malicious intent on this hit, he is not successful in making a full bodycheck.”

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Kostka suffered a concussion on the play, and the player safety department noted that Murray had no history as a repeat offender prior to this hit.

Murray will now miss Montreal’s next three games — against Ottawa, Detroit and Chicago — and will forfeit $23,076.93 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Called it!

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    called it …?

    crankshaft has always been a class act lmao … class is a relative term by all indications …

    an historical merchant of damaging assault like brooks orpik takes-out one of the game’s best for the balance of the season in typical orpik fashion with a calculated bludgeoning attack on a distracted player in a vulnerable position and he’s free to make his next finger painting class

    yet a player like murray in a fleeting moment of carelessness gets a three game ban

    how was douglas murray’s elbow in it’s spontaneous nature any different than jared cowan’s elbow to pavel datsyuk

    ship of fools

    • getinthefastlane - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      You are kinda right in the fact that Orpik’s hit was calculated. Unlike Murray’s whose “fleeting moment of carelessness” hit, which is probably why Murray got the penalty and the suspension.

      If Orpik’s hit is un-calculated and careless, it may have resulted in a hit to the head instead of the shoulder which was the main point of contact.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Absolutly not. The elbow to Datsyuk was asinine and should have received 3 games as well. As for Orpik, hard to suspend someone for a clean hit to the shoulder. Now if he had left his feet and threw an elbow into Toews head, then 3 games would be the punishment.

  4. joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    My name is Joey. I approve. Good job NHL, and thanks for using my comments as a reference before deciding if a suspension is warranted, and for deciding how many games. 😉

    joey4id – Apr 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM
    With only 5 games left in the season, and considering he’s not a repeat offender, I’m guessing the NHL will not want to ban him for the remainder of the season. Three games for a non repeat offender causing a serious injury, sounds like what the NHL will dish out.

    • tomasdoughberle - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Good for you. Know did you want a medal or a cookie?

      • tomasdoughberle - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        HA I get neither.


      • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        My mommy gave me cookies. “Know can you give me a medal?

    • skr213 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Seriously dude – what is wrong with you?? Your need to self-reference has gone so far beyond pathological.

      • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        hehehehehe! Did you see this one?

        joey4id – Sep 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM
        Torts! Burke! We’re seeing a train wreck waiting to happen in Western Canada.

        I have few more to satisfy your psychological BS. You want to see them? 😜

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    someone give joey some love … he’s clearly in need of a pat on the back

    i’m too busy honing my axe

    • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Hahaha! 💋 😘

  6. muckleflugga - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    what’s missing in all this it’s a man’s game keep your head up son and the head not principal point of contact nonsense is

    applied force

    [ itself subject to a sliding scale of rule enforcement determined by association in the old boy network or player prestige or player importance to struggling team’s playoff potential ]

    the notion it’s a man’s game precludes the notion hockey is a game with one object … to outscore an opponent … not to deliver injurious contact through an excessive applied force accidental or intentional

    the purpose of the body check, designed by intention and rule to separate a puck carrier from possession, has evolved into purpose as a device of intimidation and calculated assault designed to simply eliminate skill players as a continuing threat in the current game or pending series

    skill in hockey is trumped by muscle-bound thugs like brooks orpik exploiting size or positional advantage on an unguarded player to defeat that player’s skill

    the notion a player is obligated to keep his head-up would be reasonable providing a player under such obligation has possession of the puck with ability to make a meaningful hockey play

    but demarcation between possession and ability to destroy a player under the keep your head up provision in the game is beyond being blurred …

    so much so a player with head down reaching for a puck along the boards or seeking a puck in a scrum or in his feet without so much as having touched the puck is now fair game for a calculated application of excessive and bludgeoning force from the like of thugs like brooks orpik

    the notion if the head was not the principal point of contact then subsequent damaging contact to a victim’s head is excused is the greatest of all the game’s absurdities

    it too ignores principals of applied force

    imagine walking onto a busy freeway and stepping into the path of a mac truck while leading with shoulder … shoulder is principal point of contact but it is implicit applied force and momentum carry that force into head and beyond … bring sponge the cleanup will be easier

    you see the same principal time and again on hits declared by the nhl to be excused because the head was not targeted …

    this despite the fact applied force clearly carried damaging energy into the victimized player’s neck and head as product of the attacking player’s follow-through

    or victimized player’s body links

    or by product of the further force and energy dispersal as the targeted player is driven to ice or boards

    any argument an experienced hockey player is unaware of potential damage from application of force that can be carried into the neck and head is naïve and is demonstrative of nhl culpability in concussion lawsuits current and pending

    with natural protective posturing knocked akimbo through surprise … the tool of cowards like brooks orpik who never look victims in the eye or deliver warning before attacking … the victimized player can be further caught in secondary contact with the assaulting player as he follows his own uncontrolled line of travel

    toews is gone for the balance of the season and orpik escaped without sanction … skill trumps goon every time

    keep your head up son …

    it’s a man’ game

    • joey4id - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Holy crap! You don’t suffer from writer’s block…..

    • bsaures - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Heres a idea next time you feel like writing a novel like that type it up and before you press the post comment button take your computer and smash it on the ground so no one has to see it waste space on the comments sections again

    • areaman714 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Your mom may read that. No one else will.

  7. drewsylvania - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Too low, like most dirty hit punishments.

  8. stcrowe - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Sadly, this is almost the only way younger defencemen like Tinordi and Beaulieu can get ice time in Montreal.

  9. hennessey1200hp - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    El Nino gets knocked out and its not a penalty because his heads down, this league is as bad as the NBA for officiating.

  10. thegreatmorpheos - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Typical NHL BS call, double standard all day long.

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