Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/15/13
Maxim Lapierre’s dirty hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is likely going to result in him getting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety very soon. The Blues forward hit Boyle in the numbers despite having plenty of time to avoid a hit or make a legal play. Instead, he used his forearm to drill the Sharks veteran into the boards, resulting in a scary collision that included his jaw hitting the dasher. Lapierre received a five-minute major penalty for boarding and was ejected from the game. You can bet that Lapierre will also be suspended by the NHL for this hit, how many games will he receive is the real question. The hit also caused a brawl, with Lapierre, Ryan Reaves, Andrew Desjardins and Barret Jackman all receiving final major penalties for fighting. Desjardins  also received an instigator penalty. Boyle laid on the ice for several minutes and had to leave the ice on a stretcher. There has been no update on his status from the team. Sharks center Logan Couture gave scored on the ensuing power play to give his team a 1-0 lead. Just a short time later, Joe Pavelski added to the Sharks’ lead with his own power-play goal. Later in the first period, Blues forward Brenden Morrow was rammed into the boards and left the ice in pain. No more fights erupted, but the tension between the two teams will make for an interesting final two periods. Check out the video of Lapierre’s hit on Boyle below. Thumbnail photo via @NBCBayArea Filed under: Headlines, NHL, Nick Goss

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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