Dan Boyle 'doing OK'; Sharks teammates speak out about hit

Maxim Lapierre has received some harsh criticism after this hit sent Dan Boyle off the ice on stretcher.
Maxim Lapierre has received harsh criticism after this hit sent Dan Boyle off the ice on a stretcher. (Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a vicious hit from behind during the first period of Tuesday night's game against the St. Louis Blues.

First, the good news, which is that Boyle told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he's doing okay.

But tensions ran high in the Sharks locker room following the game, where players were outspoken in their criticism of St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre.

“Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots,” Sharks center Joe Pavelski told CSNBayArea.com. “Dan’s a world-class defenseman, there’s straight numbers [from behind]. There’s guys in this league that will target that. It doesn’t matter. They just go. It sucks.”

Logan Couture was even more critical, even referencing Lapierre's past. The 28-year-old was suspended four games in 2010 for a hit on Scott Nichol.

“A player that probably shouldn’t even be in the league is taking out one of the best players in the world. That guy’s got a history," Couture told CSNBayArea.com. "After the first shift, he’s yelling at us from their bench that he’s coming after us, and then he does that. I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless. Then he turtles. Be a man if you make a hit like that. Don’t turtle and run behind the linesman.”

Lapierre received a five-minute major for boarding, and he has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

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