February 15, 2009
What a punishing sequence from last night's Edmonton Oilers/Los Angeles Kings game: Dustin Brown of the Kings checks Ladislav Smid of the Oilers into the end boards, and then gets absolutely freight-trained by Smid's teammate Ethan Moreau after taking a shot on goal from the slot. Take a look:
Moreau's was one of the best open-ice hits we've seen this season, and not just because the velocity and the forearm lift were textbook Scotty Stevens. That camera shot from the end zone was fantastic: Moreau rushing into the zone with a target on Brown, demolishing him and then looking around for the inevitable retribution from the Kings. His former Oilers teammate Matt Greene answered the bell for a brief tussle, which consisted mostly of Moreau's back flat on the ice.
Brown would eventually get some retribution, scoring a goal late in the third to send the game into overtime before the Oilers eventually won it in the shootout. His hit on Smid was no slouch ... but it didn't remove anyone from his stick and gloves like Moreau's did.
Thanks to Puck Daddy readers John I. and Lance C. for sending the clip our way.