Blue Jackets not happy with Dustin Brown hit

Kings captatin Dustin Brown laid a hit on the Blue Jackets Ryan Murray Thursday night at Staples Center that seems to be causing quite a stir. In the heat of the moment, Brown was assessed a two minute penalty for charging (which it didn’t appear to be). However, after the game the two locker rooms disagreeed about the severity of the hit, if it was a penalty, and well – just about most of what took place on the play. Here’s reaction from the Columbus locker room, followed by links to thoughts from Brown and a few other Los Angeles players…

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on the game:

“I think they played really hard. There wasn’t a lot of space out there. I think they checked well I thought we checked well. It was an intense physical game and we knew that coming in and I thought we were going to get tested here in this building and I’m real happy with the way the guys came out and played the game. I thought it was going to be a low scoring game. They checked well, their systematic plays are really good and sound and we’ve been doing a good job with that as well. Coming in thinking two goals might win it and that’s the way it went tonight.”

Richards on Ryan Murray:

“Absolutely (worried he may not come back in) watching him get up off the bench and leave and the trainer says he has to get checked out obviously you’re worried and even though he came back, going forward you never know what tomorrow morning is going to bring, you got to get on a plane and fly and you don’t know how he’s going to feel, so hopefully he’ll get through and wake up tomorrow morning and feel fine. The hit stirred up a lot emotion in me. The way that I saw it was our player was vulnerable, vulnerable position, he left his feet and it was a form right to the chin, primary contact was the head I don’t know what else you have to do to get a five-minute major and the guy has done it before.”

Ryan Johansen on the game:

“Our team played a very strong road game tonight. Credit to LA, they really stuck to their game and found a way to win. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I like the way we played tonight though. I think Quick made a few big saves on us. It was a good road game for our team though.”

Johansen on the game’s physicality:

“They’re a big bodied team over there. We had to match the physicality and I thought our team toughness in here showed out on the ice and our guys played a hard and heavy game.”

Johansen on the penalties:

“Yeah I took a bad one there too, but for the most part I thought our penalty kill did an unbelievable job. We need our penalty kill to step up when we’re taking penalties like that which they did but against good teams like this we can’t be doing that.”

Nick Foligno on the game’s physicality:

“I mean I obviously didn’t like that hit on Ryan (Murray). I thought that he was in a pretty vulnerable situation. I didn’t like that he (Dustin Brown) only got two minutes for that, but it was an emotional part of the game and we rallied around it, continued to push and keep them at bay. We were right there with them but just couldn’t find that overtime goal.”

Comments from the Kings locker room can be found at the link below, including Dustin Brown’s thoughts on the hit.

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Comments

  1. What hit is Richards aluding to? The elbow on P’Ville that got him suspended? I dont see a lot of comparison to that hit. Its not a Raffi Torres kind of “he’s done it before”,

  2. I’m from Columbus and I don’t think the hit was malicious. Murray turned his head at the last second seeing the hit was coming. Brown should have tried to back off a bit from the hit when he saw Murray was low and he was going to hit him in the head, but it all happens so fast. Charging I think was the right call because he followed through with the hit. I’ll be suprised if the league intervenes, but I’ve been surprised before.

  3. I agree with Ron, it was a penalty but not suspension or fine worthy. How could Brown know that guy was gonna take a knee?

  4. Move along… Nothing to see here… Man up n take the hit next time son

  5. o_o

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