While San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle doesn’t feel the hit delivered to him by St. Louis Blue forward Maxim Lapierre was intentionally vicious, he does think Lapierre’s decision to hit him in the back showed a lack of respect.
Boyle spoke about the incident with the San Jose Mercury News:
I don’t think he thought he was going to put me in the hospital with the hit, so I agree with him that wasn’t his intention. At the same time, we’re told since we were five years old not to hit a guy when you see numbers and it’s pretty clear he saw my numbers and he decided to hit anyway. That’s just lack of respect is what I think.
We’ve all been playing long enough that in a split-second, we’re conditioned to make that decision. A lot of guys would probably choose to not hit there. And vise versa for me, too. There’s a lot of guys in the league where I wouldn’t hit and, I’m not going to lie, there’s probably a handful that I would.
As was announced earlier, Lapierre was suspended five games for the hit
[Source: San Jose Mercury News]