Canadiens’ Lapierre suspended 4 games for late hit

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TORONTO (AP)—Montreal Canadiens center Maxim Lapierre(notes) has been suspended four games Friday for a hit on San Jose Sharks center Scott Nichol(notes).

Lapierre knocked Nichol into the end boards 1:50 into the third period of the Sharks’ 3-2 win Thursday night in San Jose.

Nichol was injured on the play and did not return to the game. Coach Todd McLellan said Friday that Nichol will likely be sidelined for 7 to 10 days. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Lapierre will lose more than $14,000 in pay, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Updated Mar 5, 7:28 pm EST
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    Duane Sat Mar 06, 2010 01:40 pm PST Report Abuse
    On the Canadian broadcast, Ferraro called it a "garbage hit" right away, and then refused to say more because he was getting angry. The Sharks broadcasters, of course, said it was awful. And the NHL suspended Lappierre. But no, some of you guys commenting are right, it wasn't even a penalty, and Nichol deserved it, blah, blah, blah. Hah! There is being a Montreal homer, and then there is just being stupid.

    Clearly, it was a suspendable offense, and had Nichol been wheelchaired by it, lots of folks would have recommended that Lapierre be Bertuzied and suspended for a year or for life. At least Bert will fight. Lapierre is just a gutless coward and an embarrassment to a once proud franchise.
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    p Sat Mar 06, 2010 01:20 pm PST Report Abuse
    I saw the game. Nichol got less than he usually gives out- CHEAP stuff. Montreal was called unfairly on penalties to Markov and others. Markov touched an opposing player whose stick broke!!! How is that a slash?
    Obviously there is subjectivity in these decisions, the player outcome being the determinant of penalizing or suspending......
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    Sonny V Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:49 pm PST Report Abuse
    Nichol is a cheap shot artist and deserves what he gets sometimes. It doesn't matter since the Sharks won't win the Cup anyways. It'll be the same this year like evry year. Out in the 1st or 2nd rounds. If they get to the Cup they won't be able to beat the Penguins or Capitals. They won't even get past Chicgo, Detroit or Vancouver. Go HABS!!!
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    S.F.L Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:21 am PST Report Abuse
    Nichol is a cheap shot artist, so what comes around goes around!
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    Robert O Sat Mar 06, 2010 09:31 am PST Report Abuse
    Lapierre makes $800,000 per year (according to hockeybuzz.com) that's $10,000 per game, roughly. Explain to me how he loses $14,000 in salary missing 4 games? more like $40,000.
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    bob D Sat Mar 06, 2010 09:27 am PST Report Abuse
    I watched the game and saw the so called hit. If you look closely Lapierre push him with his left hand it wasn't cross checking or it would have been called. Nichols was at the goal line that's 5' from the boards. When players are their teams are agitators some things are let go and not called. Players get leveled from behind at center ice and as long as the puck is near them no call is the right call. Yes this was overlooked by a referee that was standing right there behind the net. Most of you folks need to learn hockey. Fighting and checking/hitting is part of the game. Hitting from behind shouldn't be or a player turning his back to draw a penalty should also be a penalty as is embellishing.........
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    TrevorL Sat Mar 06, 2010 08:57 am PST Report Abuse
    i do not believe in fights anymore because i just don't like fights in the NHL Season they should banned it because i just want a nice clean game without fights The Sharks need to start acting like a serious team and start winning games if they want to be the next Stanley Cup Champions
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    cba Sat Mar 06, 2010 07:21 am PST Report Abuse
    ya common respect used to be paid in fights, this is what happens when there is no other out-let for the frustration. i dont like the hits that purposely injure but they will happen if they are not afraid to hit eachother, and you make them weary of hitting you by dropping the gloves.
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    cba Sat Mar 06, 2010 07:13 am PST Report Abuse
    well said (steve) i agree 1000%. one thing i have realized is most people who DONT agree with fighting in hockey have never actually played hockey. i have played hockey and know full well that fighting exists in hockey because if you dont let them do it they will kill each other with vicious hits by the end of the game. nothing is more aggravating than someone constantly pushing you down or hooking you or tripping you or smashing you into the boards every single time you skate in to make a play, these guys are tough and wont let some one just push em around without giving it back. hockey is a VERY intense mind game when played correctly.
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    A. L. Sat Mar 06, 2010 06:27 am PST Report Abuse
    The kid is pushing his luck ; one day someone will re-arrange his face.
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    brownbagbillsfan Sat Mar 06, 2010 06:14 am PST Report Abuse
    Hurray!! Anyone who takes Nichol out is fine in my book.Nichol is one of the dirtiest little a++holes playing the game today.He thinks cause he`s small he can get away with a lot of his crap.I commend Lapierre for his deed.
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    patient Sat Mar 06, 2010 06:05 am PST Report Abuse
    Either they need to fine and suspend the player for the length of the injured player's time out, or let the players "handle" these issues on ice as in the past. They have taken self-policing of these issues out of the game. Shame... shame.
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    mee Sat Mar 06, 2010 04:46 am PST Report Abuse
    What is the problem?
    Is this Mens Ice Hockey or Womens Field Hockey?
    You people should go watch Baseball.
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    robert k Sat Mar 06, 2010 03:59 am PST Report Abuse
    According to Don Cherry, he is not a goon he is a good canadian boy.
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    jeremypepper Sat Mar 06, 2010 01:44 am PST Report Abuse
    I'm glad this was taken seriously and that he was suspended this much, and I think he deserves even a longer suspension to be honest. The move he pulled can end up paralyzing a player. I was watching the game and this happened right in front of the ref. I have no idea what the hell the ref was doing, maybe distracted by the ice cream vendor in the crowd, but the ref needs to be disciplined as well for not only failing to call a penalty on Lapierre but also for not ejecting him immediately. A really horrible ref and an even worse hockey player was what I witnessed. It's good the Canadiens hardly play the Sharks because Blake or Boyle would dump his @$$ next time for being such a disgraceful coward. Get him out of the league and get this ref some damn glasses.
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    Alex M Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:44 am PST Report Abuse
    Good, what an ass!

    I don't care who you are, you don't perform dirty hits like that. It could have been his head instead of his shoulder. Nichol is so good for the Sharks, hope he is out shorter than expected. Go Sharks!
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    Barkeleyboy Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:32 pm PST Report Abuse
    Don't forget the slash before the cheap shot. I understand why the ref missed it though. It wasn't as aggregious as it was sneaky cheap. This is one best settled by the players.
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    Mike Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:26 pm PST Report Abuse
    I wonder who sucks the most: this worthless goon Lapierre, freaking ref watching this crime and swallowing his whisle at the same time, or Montreal Canadiens organization having NOT won a single hockey game in the Sharks Tank since 1999?
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    Steve Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:21 pm PST Report Abuse
    NHL refs are not paid to call a fair and balanced game by the book. Everyone in hockey knows that the refs are "managing" the game. As a result fans on both sides usually blame the refs because there are missed/bogus calls against both sides every game. That is why the "even up call" exists. Take out the instigator rule. Force everyone to stand up for themselves for dirty hits or unsportsmanlike plays. Ruutu, Avery, Cooke, Hartnell, Laperierre, even Ovechkin with his knee on knee hits should all have to answer to the other players on the ice. The players were better at managing the games than the refs ever will be.
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    Mike Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:11 pm PST Report Abuse
    It would be nice for the league to give the reason no pen. was called on this hit with the ref watching the whole thing.
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    Noa Kai Fri Mar 05, 2010 08:11 pm PST Report Abuse
    I thought it might be more than 4 games, if Nichol hadn't been able to turn his body around he could have gone head first into the boards. That was totally unnecessary hit and there should have been immediate retalition by the Sharks. If Shelley were still around, he would have been trying to pound La Pierre into the ice.

    Also that ref should be disciplined for that non-call, this crew had no control of the game and let many penalties on both sides go uncalled.
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    unhappycamper Fri Mar 05, 2010 07:58 pm PST Report Abuse
    i just watched the highlights of that game . inculding that cheap shot by lapierre . inexcuseable . there was no other possible outcome than face or headfirst into the boards. lucky for the relatively mild outcome .some how hockey needs to find a way for players to have common respect for each other . how anyone could watch that and try to say it wasn't that bad or to try to minimize it , is just plain stupid. four games is about right . not a fan of either team by the way.
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    Smitty Fri Mar 05, 2010 07:23 pm PST Report Abuse
    That wasn't even a hit, maybe a cross-check..A two-minute minor for cross checking, but the suspension was way to strict. The NHL is turning into a wimpy sport, let the players play. If that's deserving of a 4-game suspension, then the lady who hit my car the other day should get the death penalty.
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    cbha Fri Mar 05, 2010 07:09 pm PST Report Abuse
    Lapierre suspended for 4 games, Oh' come on and give a freaking break!!!!!!
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    slotht Fri Mar 05, 2010 06:55 pm PST Report Abuse
    I like when refs "let them play" ,but that non-call was awful,couldve put him in the box for the 2 handed orc slash before the actual hit. Are the refs upset about sth bc I've noticed in a few post olympic games that there were alot of non-calls on obvious penalties..

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