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Another day, another ugly hit in the NHL. This one comes to us from Saturday's tilt between the San Jose Sharks and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Jackets' winger Dane Byers stepped into Andrew Desjardins.
Early in the second period, Desjardins pokes the puck out of the zone. That's when Byers comes from the side and steps into him. Problem is, Desjardins never sees him. Also, contact is to the head.
It's hard to say definitively if a play is going to earn supplemental discipline these days, but this looks like a fairly suspendable hit to me, since it has the look of one of them there east-west blindside head hits.
Unsurprisingly, the coach of the victim feels the same way. From David Pollak:
"That's exactly what we want to eliminate from the game, exactly," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.
That's a strong quote, and you have to imagine there are going to be some unhappy people in San Jose if the hit doesn't draw a suspension. I suspect it will...
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from David Pollak of Working the Corners, Rookie center Andrew Desjardins was near the blue line when he was on the receiving end of a high hit by Blue Jackets left wing Dane Byers early in the second period. Desjardins fell woozily to the ice, then was helped to the locker room. He did not return.
“That’s exactly what we want to eliminate from the game, exactly,” Sharks coach...
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his hit on San Jose's Andrew Desjardins.
Byers delivered a shoulder-to-head hit on Desjardins at 3:01 of the second period during Saturday's game. He was given a match penalty for attempting to deliver an illegal check to the head.
Desjardins had to be helped off the ice...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Patrick Marleau scored off a rebound with 2:57 left to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, extending the Sharks' point streak to eight games.
Ryan Clowe also had a goal for the Sharks, who are 6-0-1 in the new year and 6-0-2 in their last eight. Thomas Greiss had 25 saves to beat the Blue Jackets...
CHICAGO -- Sharks rookie Andrew Desjardins was kept out of the lineup Sunday night one day after taking a hit to the head that has earned Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers a hearing with the NHL disciplinary office.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Patrick Marleau has played 1,076 games in the NHL, yet he still gets a charge out of seeing a puck on the end of his stick and an almost vacant net. Marleau scored off a rebound with 2:57 left to lead...
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As has happened so many times this season, a player was hit hard in the head and went down. Andrew Desjardins got to his feet and was helped to the quiet room. Now Sharks fans wait, and that’s pretty much what the team does too.
During the game, one of the announcers mentioned something to the effect of “we hope he can return to the game.” This comment made me angry...
When talking about the Sharks and the Jets, I think you have to mention West Side Story, so I did. The Sharks @ Winnipeg was not a surprising game, unless you consider shut outs surprising. The better ranked team won, there were no calamitous incidents, no very strange penalties. The Sharks don’t have very many shut outs this season, so another does add some needed sparkle...
COLUMBUS, Ohio - San Jose Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki is losing patience after three weeks of inactivity since...
The Sharks Live Blog for the January 14, 2012 game between the San Jose Sharks and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Comcast SportsNet California and KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM.
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks are each atop their respective divisions, but the Sharks have been much more consistent thanks to solid play in net.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are in need of more scoring from one of their top producers.
Two of the league's heavyweights meet for the third time this season Sunday night at the United Center.
The Pacific Division-leading...
Patrick Marleau scored off a rebound with 2:57 left to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, extending the Sharks' point streak to eight games.
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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers has been suspended three games without pay for a shoulder-to-head hit on San Jose's Andrew Desjardins on Saturday night.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.