As noted earlier, Jake Muzzin missed practice today with what Terry Murray called a stiff neck, the day after Muzzin was crunched into the glass near center ice on a hit from behind my Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker. No video of the hit on Muzzin has been available, but having watched it live and having seen the hit by Calgary’s Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, which drew a suspension, I’m not seeing a lot of difference. Muzzin went face-first into the glass after a blindside hit but stayed in the game. Boedker got a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for the hit.
MURRAY: “No, it didn’t look good. … The day before, we just showed the video, which every player has to say before we play games. We show the league video, and that’s exactly what’s on the video. Exactly. So I’m thinking, `Why is this happening?’ It’s one thing (if it’s) at the end of the boards, where you’ve got icing or a forecheck or somebody turns back into the play and gets hit from behind, but that’s clearly just a play in neutral zone. Why is that happening?”
Murray was pleased, though, that the on-ice officials were decisive in their punishment of Boedker. “It was a great call, absolutely,” Murray said. “No hesitation.”