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Clifford avoids suspension for hit on Brule

Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:03 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 2:07 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Kyle Clifford's five-minute major for a hit on Coyotes defenseman Gilbert Brule likely cost the Kings the game in Phoenix on Tuesday night, but luckily for him that's all it will cost him.

After technically being suspended because of the match penalty until the league could review, there was no hearing scheduled by the league and thus no suspension for Clifford.

Late in the game with the Kings holding a 4-3 lead -- shocking, I know -- Brule pushed the puck up the ice along the boards through the neutral zone and watched as the play developed ahead of him. Moments later Clifford came from behind and delivered a hit that was either to the high chest or the head. Either way it ended up getting Brule's head and Clifford was shown the gate while also being given a five-minute major.

As you can hear, the Kings broadcasters -- who I must recognize as being some of the most impartial and rational home-team announcers in the NHL -- debate whether it was a hit to the head or not of Brule. What they can't argue is that the hit was delivered very high on Brule and as a result if nothing else the follow through caught Brule's head.

I didn't think Shanahan would go easy Clifford in this case. The hit was unnecessary; it came to an unsuspecting player more or less from behind well after the puck had advanced up the ice. Throw in the placement of the hit and Brule leaving the game and you get the sense it's going to be a couple games minimum for Clifford.

But I admit, I'm as lost as a lot of people with what's OK and what's not.

Plays like this seem to have greatly reduced as the season has gone along, Shanny hasn't seemed anywhere near as busy to me in the past few weeks. So perhaps the players are learning, but there will still be hits coming through like this.

On the season Clifford has four goals and six assists for the Kings, playing the dirty minutes on the bottom lines for L.A.

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Comments

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Clifford avoids suspension for hit on Brule

Kings fan here.  Not a needed hit.  Puck was gone.  Surely could have/should have been an interference penalty.  But remember this, neither ref called a penatly, as it appears that one of the linesmen helped decide this penalty.  Didn't hit the head, at first at least.  Should NOT have been suspended.  Just my take. 



Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:12 pm
 

Clifford avoids suspension for hit on Brule

The league needs to take a look at the previous game about a week ago between these two teams in L.A. Hanzel takes a run at Richards, blind sides him, racks his head with a shoulder on a play in the corner where Richards never touchs the puck. No interference, no penality, so the only thing Richards can do is defend himself trying to punch a guy a foot taller because of the no call. And of course he didn't get hurt on the play, so throw out the rule book as Redwings mentioned...No consistency on what's a vicious hit or not, unless the guy gets hurt or dazed, which appears to be the determining factor on these calls.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Clifford avoids suspension for hit on Brule

Wonderful. Doesnt help the Kings get back that extra point they lost out on.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Clifford avoids suspension for hit on Brule

The hit may have been late, but Clifford didn't hit the head. I see a shoulder to shoulder/chest area point of contact. It looked to me as if both players had their heads at the same level.






Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Clifford gets match penalty after hit on Brule

UMM perhaps you should get your facts straight when writing an article.  Clifford was assessed a match penalty for head-butting Yandle in the scrum not for the hit on Brule.  Hits to the head are not assessed match penalties but, in the case of a head butt, a match penalty is automatic



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:46 am
 

Clifford gets match penalty after hit on Brule

HA !  You beat me to it Hockeybob, I thought I was getting the first post Foot in mouth


I'm sick of guys running into people when they have no intention of playing puck or even playing hockey.    Hitting in hockey is fine, but when the rules on finishing checks need to change.   Clifford was taking a run at him for no reason and Clifford had no interest in getting back in the play.   It doesn't take hockey skill to skate around and crash into people after the puck is gone.

When it comes to hitting, the NHL is a complete mess right now.   Players are constantly putting questionable or dirty hits on opponents that don't have the puck.  And when there is a good, solid and legal check that knocks a player on his ass it almost always results in either a fight or a long shoving match.   I hate those things.

I hope the useless hack gets 5 or more games for that dirty hit.

I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it.   I think because he came in from the side and maybe got body first, Shanny will say there was no intent to injure and my guess is a 2-3 game suspension.

In my opinion the NHL has no interest in getting rid of head shots anyway.  They pretend to care for obvious reasons.  They want to satisfy the public, some of the players and maybe the courts down the road when they start getting sued for concussions. But if they wanted to get rid of these things, they could do it in a heartbeat. I've said it so many times...

1st offense = 20 games.  2nd = 40  3rd - 80

Head shots would all but disappear in the NHL.... maybe I'm a simpleton, but that's how I see it.   I don't care if there was intent or not.  And since I'm not God I can't read a players mind to be certain anyway.  The NHL's criteria is a joke.  They admit that whether or not a player is injured plays a part in the length of the suspension which is in my opinion half retarded.  How can you penalize somebody that does EXACTLY what somebody else did for less games just because he got lucky and didn't seriously hurt somebody?











Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:28 am
 

Clifford suspended indefinitely for hit on Brule

Clifford had plenty of time to see that Brule had moved the puck.

"Finishing a check" by Clifford complete with headshot.   

I'm sick of guys running into people when they have no intention of playing puck or even playing hockey.    Hitting in hockey is fine, but when the rules on finishing checks need to change.   Clifford was taking a run at him for no reason and Clifford had no interest in getting back in the play.   It doesn't take hockey skill to skate around and crash into people after the puck is gone.

I'm sure D. Sutter was proud of his boy.

I hope the useless hack gets 5 or more games for that dirty hit.


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