Boulerice: “The Wrong Way”

| David M Singer

Jesse Boulerice‘s crosscheck to the face of Ryan Kesler in last night’s Flyers at Canucks game will most likely earn him a suspension, and a lengthy one at that.

Both Boulerice and Flyers coach John Stevens expect one.

“It’s unacceptable, it’s something that we can’t have, Flyers coach John Stevens said. “We didn’t need to get involved in anything really, we had the hockey game in hand and that was the message on the bench, so that kind of stuff can’t happen.”

Kesler spoke with the media after the game.  His jaw is not broken, and he will undergo an MRI today to see if there’s a fracture.  The AP thoughts from Boulerice were succinct:

Boulerice said he was sorry for the hit.

“I reacted in a bad way the wrong way,” he said.

Here’s a clip of the incident from the Comcast broadcast, then the NHL Network, then back to Comcast for a scrum at the end of the game involving Ben Eager:

The number of games Boulerice’s suspension hits will probably be in the double digits, with 15-20 games being likely based upon other 2007 suspensions.

Intent is always a hard thing to determine.  After one view it looks obvious, Boulerice hit him high and hard.  The two battled back and forth, and perhaps Boulerice just popped.  However, it’s also unlikely he’d purposely hit Kesler in the head and then drop his gloves expecting a fight.

Boulerice signed a one-year, $475,000 (US) deal with the Flyers last week.

The Flyers won last night’s game 8-2.

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