Devils coach DeBoer says Myers' hit on Zubrus should've been a major penalty

Jan 4, 10:15 PM

Lanky Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal hit to the head of Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the third period of a Saturday night game. 

After the contest Devils coach Peter DeBoer opined that the hit warranted a major penalty. Zubrus on the other hand expressed his belief that Myers simply lost his balance on the play.

The hit certainly appeared to be rather ghastly and dangerous, even though Zubrus wasn't "dazed or woozy" afterwards. 

Jan 6, 5:43 PM

Sabres D Myers suspended three games for hit on Devils F Zubrus

Jan 6, 5:43 PM

The NHL players association has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers three games for his hit on New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus.

Jan 5, 1:09 PM

Sabres D Myers faces phone hearing for hit on Devils F Zubrus

Jan 5, 1:09 PM

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will be held accountable for his high hit on Devils forward Dainius Zuburs during the third period of Saturday's game.

The phone hearing will take place Monday, leaving the possibility of a suspension length up to six games. Myers is a repeat offender since he was suspended three games for a hit on Scott Gomez in March 2012.

Jan 4, 9:28 PM

GIF: Sabres D Tyler Myers tags Devils F Danius Zubrus with illegal check to the head

Jan 4, 9:28 PM

In the third period of Saturday night's game between the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres, Sabres defender Tyler Myers attempted to breakup a Devils power-play zone entry with a thunderous body-check. Instead, Myers caught Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the head with a dangerous hit:

[Courtesy MSG]

If you're a 6-foot-8 defenseman and you leave your feet to deliver a body check, it's a safe bet that you're going to be penalized. 

Myers was indeed assessed a minor penalty for a rule 48 violation on the play. Meanwhile the Devils cashed in on a power-play goal and tied the game just a few seconds after Myers' hit.