Sports Kings coach Stevens: 'Bunch of BS' that Haula got away with butt-end on Kopitar

18:51  16 april  2018
18:51  16 april  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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After a battle in front of the net, Vegas Golden Knights' Erik Haula throws his hand back and it appears to butt - end Los Angeles Kings ' Anze Kopitar in the jaw. Hedman gets away with spearing Hischier in the privates - Продолжительность: 0:51 SPORTSNET 79 237 просмотров.

Haula wasn’t penalized on the play and that led to Kings head coach John Stevens giving ref Dan O’Halloran an earful. UPDATE: Checked with NHL this morning and no disciplinary hearing scheduled for Haula re: butt end incident with Kopitar last night.

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Los Angeles Kings head coach John Stevens was left shaking his head after a Game 3 loss to Vegas in which star center Anze Kopitar appeared to be butt-ended by Erik Haula, a play left unpenalized by the officials.

"We get a guy suspended for making a hockey play, and he (Haula) butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt end of his stick," Stevens said, per TSN. "So, if I was confused before, I'm bewildered now. That's an intent-to-injure play … you guys make the judgment, because it's a bunch of BS, to be honest with you."

Stevens is referring to the suspension given to Drew Doughty earlier in the series, a decision the defenseman also referred to as "BS."

The NHL's Department of Player Safety could take another look at this play, but no hearing has been scheduled as of yet.

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