Scuderi hit draws commotion as Kings down Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets weren't nearly as upset about losing to the Los Angeles Kings as they were about a check the Kings' Rob Scuderi put on Jason Chimera in the first period with his team holding a two-goal lead.
About nine minutes into L.A.'s 6-2 victory on Sunday night, Scuderi sent Chimera somersaulting face-first into the ice with an old-school hip check along the right boards in the Kings' zone.
Chimera came up bleeding from his right eyebrow, and teammate Derek Dorsett immediately came off the bench to go after Scuderi.
"I don't care what you call it. It was dirty hit," Chimera said. "I've been hip-checked before, but this wasn't a hip check at all. It was a direct hit on the knees. I mean, I landed on my face on the ice, and my neck was squished against the ice. I'm lucky I didn't come out with a concussion or something.
"There are too many guys that are carried out on stretchers because of dirty stuff. [The referees] had no explanation, so I don't know what they were thinking. When the guy takes your knees out, what are you supposed to do?"
Kings coach Terry Murray didn't understand what all the fuss was about.
"That's one of those hits that's been around for 50 years or longer. We used to see that all the time," Murray said. "The player skates toward you with his speed and his momentum carries him over your back.
"It seems that there's a lot of reaction to hits around the league now, and it was just the same scenario here tonight."
Misconduct for Dorsett
The incident resulted in a game misconduct for Dorsett and a 10-minute misconduct for Chimera, who had to be restrained by linesman Don Henderson when he tried to get near the Kings' bench.
The Blue Jackets also got a bench minor for too many men on the ice, but the Kings came up empty on the ensuing power play.
"I thought it was a good hit. The game is played in a split-second. I made a decision and went for it," Scuderi said. "I don't really know where I got him, but I'm assuming it was questionable if so many of their guys were up in arms about it.
"I've played 300 games in this league, and I don't have a reputation as a dirty player. I'm certainly not a dirty player. But one hit can stir it up like that."
Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov each scored twice for the Kings, whose fourth straight victory matched their longest winning streak of last season.
Jarret Stoll had a goal and an assist, Michael Handzus also scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots, including a penalty shot by Rick Nash in the first period, in his first start since signing a three-year contract extension.
Antoine Vermette and Kristian Huselius scored for the Blue Jackets, who completed their trip 1-3 after a franchise-best 5-1-0 start that included a 4-1 win over the Kings at Columbus on Oct. 17. During the trip they allowed 22 goals.