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Report: Habs’ Murray to avoid suspension for hit on Isles’ Sundstrom

Apr 10, 2014, 11:42 PM EDT

In his first game back from a three-game suspension, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray delivered another questionable hit, this time on Johan Sundstrom of the New York Islanders:

However you feel about that check – which hospitalized Sundstrom – it appears that Murray, 34, doesn’t need to worry about another suspension:

  1. sanfranbruinsfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Edit the title

    • James O'Brien - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Yes, fixed it, thanks.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        The title of the link is still wrong FYI.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Naturally no ShanaBan. His name’s not Gillies.

  3. stcrowe - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Evidently, they have decided to punish the team rather than the player by allowing this numbskull to continue playing.

  4. stcrowe - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    But seriously, what is Michel Therien doing dressing this guy instead of younger defencemen like Beaulieu, Tinordi and Pateryn? It can’t be their skating, since Murray is the worst skater imaginable. It can’t be a fear of bad penalties, since Murray is now the master of bad penalties. How can this guy be considered even remotely reliable? What am I missing here?

    • bsaures - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      Master of bad penalties? he is ninth on the team in pims and take out the 25 mins from the last 2 games hes played and he only 17 on the year. 5 mins of that was a fight when john scott took a whack at Price after the whistle. so 12 mins over 50 games. 6 penalties. How is that in any way Mastery of bad penalties?

  5. flyerspsu - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    good decision, sundstrom turned his back at the very last second

    • elvispocomo - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      I agree with this. Whatever would have happened with the hit if Sundstrom hadn’t turned we can debate forever, but since Sundstrom turned away at the last second he was the one to put himself in a vulnerable position and Murray couldn’t have stopped the hit at that point.

  6. michemai - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Having him play over any of Beaulieu, Tinordi, Boullion or Drewiske just pisses me off. If they resign him I have no faith left in Bergevin to be anything remotely near a competent GM.

    • hockey412 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      They’re third in the Conference behind Boston and Pittsburgh and brought in Vanek for a 2nd rounder and Collberg when there were teams that probably would have traded more. I completely understand the thoughts on Murray (hit not withstanding…I was frustrated with him last year but can appreciate some of what he brings to a smaller team like the Habs), it’s not like Bergevin isn’t competent.

  7. drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Hate the Habs, but Sundstrom turns his back to Murray at the last second.

  8. georgejarkko - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Dude’s average amount of match penalties per season is still pretty darned low.

  9. carltonthurman - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    It looked more like carelessness than maliciousness –

  10. skr213 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    You can’t just skate along and turn your back to every opposing player!! I put this blame on Sundstrom.

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