Suffice it to say, nobody is happy with Maxim Lapierre after he delivered a dirty hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.
The hit, which occurred midway through the first period, triggered a line brawl as Boyle lay on the ice, unconscious. He was taken off the ice in a stretcher and sent immediately to the hospital, where he is expected to be ok.
Sharks players did not hold back when asked about the hit, which earned Lapierre a game misconduct.
“Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots,” Joe Pavelski told Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. “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 told Kurz that Lapierre warned the Sharks that he would come after them.
“A player that probably shouldn’t even be in the league is taking out one of the best players in the world.” said Couture. “That guy’s got a history. 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.”
The Sharks got the last laugh in a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, but one victory does not atone for an injury to their top defenseman. Hopefully, Boyle recovers just fine and Lapierre is suspended for a long, long time.