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Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 10:55 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The fans of the Blackhawks were left holding their breath in the opening period of their 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. That's because star defenseman Brent Seabrook took a very rough and dangerous hit from Rene Bourque into the boards.

Seabrook stayed down on the ice for a few moments and was eventually helped to the locker room. He did not return in the game.

Bourque was given a five-minute major for boarding on the play as well as a game misconduct.

Before going any further, have a look at the hit.

The good news is that after the game, coach Joel Quenneville -- who picked up his 600th career win -- said that Seabrook appeared to be doing OK. "He seemed not bad after the game," Quennevill said. "We’ll know more [Monday]."

So for a player that has had a history with taking some rough head shots, that's very encouraging. More will come out on his status in coming days.

But of course the next order of business these days becomes questioning the legality of the hit that caused the injury and whether or not Brendan Shanahan will find it to be suspension worthy.

Like most, this one is very much debatable. The biggest issue is the fact that Seabrook is moving up the boards until he loses the puck and gets his stick stalled by the referee's skates, leading him to turn back and reach for the puck. That's when Bourque came in with the hit.

In the end, Bourque does deliver a hit to the numbers of an opponent. But he has a pretty good case here that he committed to the hit before Seabrook reached back and that Seabrook's change of position immediately prior to the hit led to it being dangerous. Plus, when discussing intent as Shanahan often does, it seems to be judging by Bourque's reaction immediately after the hit shows it wasn't his intent to hurt. It makes me uneasy trying to figure out what a player's intention is in these cases, but it's something Shanahan considers.

What we do know is that the hit is going to be reviewed closely by the NHL. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a suspension levied, but personally I'd err on the side of no suspension if it were my call. What's your take?

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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

No suspension. Watch in slow motion and you see that Seabrook's stick caught between the ref's skate causes Seabrook to change from side to rear position in split second.  Additionally, Bourque was already engaged in the hit process with his arms beginning to raise while Seabrook was still in the side position, which shows the intent of Bourque was to hit Seabrook at side position.  The truth is that if the ref isn't there, then Seabrook gets crushed from the side on a legal hit. If the ref isn't there, and Seabrook suddenly turns and exposes his back, then Seabrook would have been liable for putting himself in that vulnerable position and Bourque still gets no suspension.   You can tell Bourque is shocked by how he just stays still after the hit hovering above Seabrook.




Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

Refs obstructing the play is a topic for another day and one of my biggest pet peeves.  However, in this instance, and I have watched the replay many times, the only effect that the ref had on the play was whether Seabrook would even get hit or be able to defend himself.  He was forced to slow to try to get the puck, but he really didn't turn (unlike Bouchard against the Jets).  If Bourque was playing with his head up, the only parts of Seabrook that he saw were the name and number on his jersey and the back of his head before he drove it into the glass.  Perhaps Seabs needs to find some new friends if hacks like Bourque and Wizniewski are going to take these kinds of shots at him.




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

 i think they wanted to do something about it, but borque lay there motionless as well, which is why nobody really did anything, 
all you need is a nother bertuzzi incident. What you want 8 guys to pile on top of both player, then next thing you know seabrook has a broken neck.

get real bud, they got em back, they beat them 4-2.
shanny will take care of the rest.
 



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

definietly a hit that need not be a part of todays game. The hit was gutless and should be suspended at least 3-5 games. 
But to defend borque just a little, the ref was caught out of position and seabrooke lost the puck in the refs feet, making seabrook try to turn back and retrieve the puck. If the ref was not there, seabrook wouldnt have lost the puck in the officials feet and would not of needed to turn back. turning back made him vulnerable, and at the speed of which this game is played, would of been hard for borque to let up.

tought call, but should be suspended. unfortunate
 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

When insulting someone's grammar....at the very least, please spell "grammar" correctly. Thanks.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:22 am
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

That's a pretty good generalization, "When Calgary is tired, they just always seem to hit a little higher than most teams, for a number of years now"
The Sutters and Keenan have been around a long time and have held similar coaching philosophies for decades now.  When their teams struggle, the first and most obvious trend of their teams (more often than not) has been to hit and hit hard and hit more.   This is nothing new.     If the players don't come out with that physical edge, or whatever they call it, either Sutter or Keenan is likely to bench the player or restrict their ice time. 

When teams are tired, they tend to make bad hits more often than they would otherwise.    This (hits that were misplaced, in CGY's case, they were misplaced high again) happened last year and the year before and the playoffs the year before that in Chicago.   The hits got high, and I think most of those high hits were the result of fatigue/and or complacency as I don't consider many of those players "dirty".   Bourque isn't a dirty player imo, and Seabrook was his friend from coming up in Chicago, I can't think of a more rational explanation to his hit other than it was lazy as a result of fatigue and a coaching phiosophy that has been with the organization since D. Sutter was named coach.   This is the 5th game in Chicago in 4 years against Calgary where I have seen a number of hits I considered recklessly high.   

Wow,....aside from the bad grammer, what basis does that statement, (if it were true), have to do with the hit, or the column? I am not sure what is worse, reading of this drivel, or responding to it?
In this case I would say responding to it.    My first comment about the Torres hit was to point out that the initial reaction to Seabrook by Quenneville mentioned in the article shouldn't be taken very seriously or taken into consideration much at all imo.   The rest has to do with other headshots in the game that I thought had a place in the conversation with Bourque's hit.    I hope your hockey sensibilities weren't insulted too much.





Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:05 am
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

Chicago must be another team like the Sabres did'nt do anything about it.bunch of PUS-ZEES.Teams got to get even when this happens don't wait for the league to do something.However long Seabrook is out ,Bourque should get the same.an eye for an eye.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:46 am
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

That's a pretty good generalization, "When Calgary is tired, they just always seem to hit a little higher than most teams, for a number of years now"
Wow,....aside from the bad grammer, what basis does that statement, (if it were true), have to do with the hit, or the column? I am not sure what is worse, reading of this drivel, or responding to it? 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Rene Bourque ejected for boarding Brent Seabrook

Seabrook was out for his next shift after Torres gave him a concussion last year too, so I'm not sure they'll know anything for a day or two.    I think Comeau's headshot on Hjalmarsson needs to be reviewed too, that one seemed more deliberate and Comeau just about left his skates to smear Hjalmarsson's head into the glass, there was no call.    I wonder if anybody saw a better angle on Sarich's hit on Bickell and whether or not that made head contact.    When Calgary is tired, they just always seem to hit a little higher than most teams, for a number of years now.    I hope Bourque and Comeau miss some time.     Nobody's talking much about the Comeau hit yet, hope it gets noticed.


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