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Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 7:08 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The weekend got worse for the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday when GM Darcy Regier told Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News that his top goaltender, Ryan Miller, suffered a concussion in the team's 6-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday night.

The play has already been discussed plenty. Miller went to the open ice to play a puck and took a big hit from Milan Lucic.

Miller remained in the game but was removed after the second period. Harrington reports Miller is feeling better the day after the hit.

The next question in this equation is if Lucic will be suspended. That's what the Sabres are looking for. There has been a lot of discussion on this call, whether or not Lucic even did anything wrong. But according to the letter of the law, goaltenders are not "fair game" when outside of the crease. Lucic was not in the right to hit Miller.

UPDATE: Lucic will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Monday at 1 ET according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Again, here is what Rule 69.4 has to say specifically.

69.4 Contact Outside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact.

When a goalkeeper has played the puck outside of his crease and is then prevented from returning to his crease area due to the deliberate actions of an attacking player, such player may be penalized for goalkeeper interference. Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the puck or an opponent.

"If this hit and other types of hits like this are not suspended, we are opening up the possibility of losing goaltenders to injury," Regier said sternly to Harrington. "And not just injury, but concussion. ... When I look at the position of goaltending. in a lot of ways it's not unlike quarterback in football. I feel very strongly the protection has to be provided and players committing these types of action should be punished.

"The last thing we need to do in the NHL is to be losing our Stars to concussions on plays like this."

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas gave his opinion on the matter on Sunday, from Jimmy Murphy at ESPN Boston:

"Basically from my perspective, I was just trying to, after that happened, make sure that I was on my toes. I didn’t know if there would be a kind of retribution hit. That’s kind of the old school way. That’s really all I’ve got to say about it. I will say that as a goalie, you’re not even prepared for people to hit you in a situation like that. You’ve been trained over the course of your whole career that you’re not going to get hit in situations like that. So it must have taken him by surprise."

That sounds about as sympathetic as Thomas can be for his fellow goalie while still toeing the party, or in this case team, line.

I wouldn't be surprised if Lucic does face some discipline for the hit. Whether you like the rule or not, that's what it says, that a goalie is not fair game and the fact that Lucic followed through high increases the chances of further penalty. And you know Shanahan will consider the fact that Miller was concussed on the play too.

It's worth noting that another goalie this season have already sustained concussions. Rick DiPietro was out for a very short time before returning to his place in the three-headed goalie monster for the Islanders. James Reimer of the Ducks was also hit high to the head by an opponent and has been out since mid-October with what the team is calling "concussion-like symptoms" but refuses to call a concussion.

The Sabres will recall Drew MacIntyre to fill in while Miller is out. Luckily for Buffalo, Jhonas Enroth has played very well this season as Miller's backup, getting a lot of action with Miller's recent struggles.

Photo: US Presswire

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Comments

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

Consider this, I am a goalie and left the crease to make a similar play. However, in this case the opposing forward beat me to the puck so I laid him out and I took the penalty for it. I've also been on the receiving end when I've been out of the crease as well. But I learned how to hit and take a hit. I thought Tomas' response was weak. Miller needs to "man up" or stay home. From my perspective some of the other references related to injuries you could clearly see intent to injure and like all cases they are dealt with to the extent of the rules. Cdngoalie42



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

I thought the worst offense from the whole ordeal was Miller swinging his stick like an axe after he got WRECKED! Stay in the crease if you don't wan't a piece of 265 up against the side of your head!




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

3.
"The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper.... Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the puck or an opponent."
Sounds like both players deserved 2 minutes for not letting the other one get the puck.
Why would Miller have received a penalty mudville9?  Do you not know what "deliberately INTERFERES" with a player means?  Miller PLAYED THE PUCK, he didn't interfere with Lucic at all.  Evidently, you're not too sure what interference means in hockey.

Sounds like you have no idea what you're talking about.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

-  Lucic will be suspended.  I can guarantee that.  How long depends on whether or not the league wants to send a message.
MDG716....oops.  Guarantee huh? 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

Milan Lucic faces the ultimate on the 23rd....things will be different then for sure.

this dude Brendan Shanahan is something else. Kaletta gets time off fo his hit(s)

and Miller gets a concussion and Lucic  walks and still laughs.

The great Shanahan needs to get his priorites straight...are you cutting down on injuries or not





Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

As a long-time Bruins fan, I thought Lucic should have been given 2 minutes for goaltender interference and thrown from the game for unsportsmanlike. The hit was deliberate and made with some intent to injure. He should get a lengthy suspension. Shame on Buffalo for not taking matters into their own hands when it happened. And for the person who thinks this is the B's highlight of the season, you ain't see nothing yet pal! They are a better team this year than they were last year, and we all know what they did last year.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

Makes me wonder if Buffalo is even a hockey town?

I'm sure it's been mentioned more than enough times, but Lucic should have been smeared after that.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

Lucic not suspended.


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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:17 pm
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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Ryan Miller suffered concussion on hit from Lucic

This is great...Miller is done as an elite goalie in this league. The Flyers ruined him last year in the playoffs when he was outplayed by Brian Boucher in the 1st round series. Dan Carcillo was so in Miller's head last year it wasn't even funny. Now Lucic is in his head and so is the rest of the league.

The Sabres have no heart, not guts, and stones at all. How do you not respond after your goalie getting run over? The past few years whenever there is a big hit, (clean or not) the players on the ice always jump in an a fight breaks out. The lack of action obvioulsy tells you how the Sabres players feel about Miller and all of his crying antics with the media.


Kaleta wasn't going to do anything beacuse he would have had to face somebody 1 on 1 and not with cheapshots from behind or the side. Gaustad should be released for not doing anything since he was on the ice when it happened (i think from watching the highlight)

What an embarassment this Sabres team showed to be by not doing anything. How's Villie Leino doing up there? Is he on the 4th line still at 4.25 million?   nice signing Pegula!!!!!!  He is perfect for the Sabres cause he is a wuss too.

Buffalo = softest team ever. The Montreal Canadiens are tougher than the Sabres



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