Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sharks' Dan Boyle Okay after Night in Hospital in St. Louis

The San Jose Sharks remained unbeaten after trouncing the St. Louis Blues 6-2 on Tuesday night, but they lost one of their key cogs in their machine when Dan Boyle went down and out after this vicious hit by Maxim Lapierre.

Lapierre, who has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL and will likely be suspended because of the hit, received a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting Boyle from behind with his forearm during the first period on Tuesday. The former Canadien, Duck and Canuck is in his first season with the Blues.

The hit may not look that malicious, but the aftermath was scary, as Boyle lost consciousness. "He was shaking, his eyes were up at the roof," teammate Logan Couture said of Boyle. "We tried talking to him and he wasn't responding. I've never seen anything like it."

According to Couture, Lapierre, who was suspended four games in 2010 for a hit he put on then-Shark Scott Nichol, was jawing with the Sharks from the bench quite a bit before the incident. "After the first shift, he's yelling at us from their bench that he's coming after us, and then he does that," Couture said. "I don't even know. It's pretty gutless."

Boyle remained in a St. Louis hospital Wednesday afternoon, though he was expected to fly home to San Jose later in the day for further medical evaluation, wrote David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.

During an exchange of texts with Pollack, Boyle sounded optimistic about his condition, though no medical reports have been released. "I'm OK. That was scary," Boyle texted. "Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward."