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Richards Hit To Head On Burrows

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Did anyone catch the hit-to-head that Mike Richards gave to Burrows in the second period? It was the incident in the corner behind the Canucks net, where Burrows was hit and bounced right into another King. The replay clearly showed Burrows' head was targeted, and Burrows was woozy coming back up.

Commentators weren't really commenting much, aside from they weren't sure who got the worst of it, Burrows, or the King he fell into. But no call, not even a 2 minute for hit to head. I wondered if because it was a domino effect of a hit that the point of contact was missed.

I can't find any replays on youtube... all the Richards / Burrows hits are of the last one near the end of the game. In my mind, Richards should have at least been given a two-minute penalty for hit to head on Burrows in second period, if not, potentially suspension worthy, like people think of Bitz, who was already given 5 and a game.

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Did anyone catch the hit-to-head that Mike Richards gave to Burrows in the second period? It was the incident in the corner behind the Canucks net, where Burrows was hit and bounced right into another King. The replay clearly showed Burrows' head was targeted, and Burrows was woozy coming back up.

Commentators weren't really commenting much, aside from they weren't sure who got the worst of it, Burrows, or the King he fell into. But no call, not even a 2 minute for hit to head. I wondered if because it was a domino effect of a hit that the point of contact was missed.

I can't find any replays on youtube... all the Richards / Burrows hits are of the last one near the end of the game. In my mind, Richards should have at least been given a two-minute penalty for hit to head on Burrows in second period, if not, potentially suspension worthy, like people think of Bitz, who was already given 5 and a game.

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saw that too (not the clean open ice hit at the end but the elbow to the head in a scramble between the net and the face off circle) - no surprise there was no comment - Simpleton was too busy pointing out all the additional penalties he thought the Canucks should have taken... but that's what Richards does...

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Richards owned the canucks tonight, he pisses me off, Kesler should fight him or Bieksa.

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Time for Juice to re-introduce himself to Richards... (Superman punch)

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yeah snow shower unsportsmanlike - a real playoff hockey call - that is weak, and not what you'd expect after last year's let-er-all-go - which then lead to two delay of game penalties... predictably unpredictable performance, but actually better than I'm used to seeing - Devorski in my mind is one of the better officials...

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Richards owned the canucks tonight, he pisses me off, Kesler should fight him or Bieksa.

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This. It's all about setting a tone that's consistent. I like it best when they put the whistles away and don't make marginal calls. The snow shower was crap - after what Lu's had to content with in the past, are you kidding me?

But I totally prefer a game where they just let them go - hit hard, give each other a bit of a roughing up, etc. Problem is, they pick and choose and we end up with the short end of that stick. That's my issue.

At this stage, they should only be calling the clearly obvious "dirty" hits - late/high/charges/etc. That wasn't the case tonight and a few were good solid hockey hits that are what we've come to love about the playoffs. Ruins it when the refs interfere.

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I think there was one in the 3rd period and Burrows seemed a little shaken up ..shoulder to the head was it? Frack Richards. If the calls weren't inconsistent, there would be no whining, DebluvsCanucks said it best. The inconsistency is frustrating.

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I personally thought the Richards/Burr hit in the 3rd was worse.

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I didn't see the replay on the Richard hit, but from what I could tell it looked clean. Richards was a force tonight and played great for the Kings. Our sloppy play and numerous penalties did us in.

No need to complain about this one, the Kings deserved the win tonight.

Lets move onto game 2 Friday night.

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This. It's all about setting a tone that's consistent. I like it best when they put the whistles away and don't make marginal calls. The snow shower was crap - after what Lu's had to contend with in the past, are you kidding me?

But I totally prefer a game where they just let them go - hit hard, give each other a bit of a roughing up, etc. Problem is, they pick and choose and we end up with the short end of that stick. That's my issue.

At this stage, they should only be calling the clearly obvious "dirty" hits - late/high/charges/etc. That wasn't the case tonight and a few were good solid hockey hits that are what we've come to love about the playoffs. Ruins it when the refs interfere.

It's not about whining, it's about pointing things out. If you think Richards' game was any different than Lappy's, then you're wrong. And Lappy got penalized but Richards did not. So keep it balanced and no one has to "whine".

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Just ought to say that I was more put off by a few tings the Canucks did than by the physical play or the work level the Kings put forth. Let me also say I love being a Canucks fan but I'm not beyond being able to see certain things that personally I think the Nucks can do without

1) Ryan Kesler undisciplined play. We all know he's got a big heart and a high compete level but I was surprised by his snow-shower move on Quick after the whistle, as well as put off by some of the other antics with the other centres and the head snapping, and the oversold somersault trying to draw penalties. Seriously, this crap is old, I wish he would play like he did in Nashville- I know he's been injured but to say he requires those antics to be successful does not say much for a guy with his skill level. Disappointed with that. Also I'm tired of hearing all the sniping from other teams about how arrogant/annoying the Canucks are and this crap really throws the credibility as a legit winner under the bus. If we need antics to win, I believe we don't deserve to win.

2) Bitz targeting the head. Ok- his role is to hit, his role is to make momentum, but for a guy who isn't always going to be in the lineup he could (should) have been a little more careful. By the replay it looks like he had a good 2-3 seconds to target the shoulder from the inside instead of stapling the guy's head to the glass guaranteeing some kind of call. Whether or not the refs should have called the hit to Burr why give the refs an excuse to call a penalty? See also Kassian's late and obvious hit on Greene.

Nucks have much more in the toolbox and I would love to see them go the distance without giving any of the league's crybabies any ammunition with which to criticize..

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I think it was penalty worthy. But still, when Bitz clocked that player, we can't really complain so much.

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