That’ll leave a mark: Referee drilled by puck during Wild-Ducks game (video)

A somewhat scary incident played itself out during the third period of the Anaheim Ducks-Minnesota Wild game Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Late in the third period with the Ducks leading 2-1, Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler was dumping the puck into the offensive zone when his hard-hitting slapper bore down on referee Dennis LaRue like a heat-seeking missle, drilling him up high. LaRue went down immediately but after a few moments to collect his thoughts, appeared no worse for wear and like a warrior, soldiered on and continued his work.

As you can hear from the audio, it certainly appears that those in attendance were cheering about LaRue being hit by the puck, as the Wild faithful were irate over what they perceived were several bad calls throughout the game against the home team, which, even as a Wild fan, I find particularly distasteful, something NBC Sports Network analyst, Brian Engblom also felt, given his reaction.

In the end, LaRue skated away from the close call relatively unscathed — but likely very, very sore — and the Wild fans in attendance were able to satiate their bloodlust and articulate their unhappiness with the home team’s recent nosedive in an embarrassing manner. I guess nobody wins in this situation. Well, except for the Ducks, who held on to beat the reeling Wild by a score of 2-1.

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  1. Sportmentary

    February 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    So much for Minnesota nice. I’ll take Friendly Manitoba any day. eh :)

    I was disgusted by the classless cheering of an injured ref by wild fans. regardless of the bad calls and their were some, you should never cheer when an official or a an opposing player is hurt.

    As for bad call, it seems as if every NHL game has many of them. I watched the Jets/Islanders game and their were horrible calls against both teams. The Wild scored one goal and that doesn’t win games, regardless of the officials.

  2. Scott

    February 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I can guarantee you that for many fans, there are a list of officals they would love to see this happen to.

    • WH

      February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Well then I guess that means there are “many” classless fans out there. Sure hockey is a rough sport but you (at least most sane people) never want to see someone truly injured, whether theyre wearing the stripes or not. Even the players, who have the biggest stake in all this, show concern for LaRue. If thats the case couldnt the fans do the same?


  3. Leo

    February 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

    As a huge Hockey fan I can only say that I was confused by what i seen tuesday night from the anaheim-Minnesota game i always had respect for the fans of minnesota until then. I live in Michigan and when we go visit my wifes family in North Dakota I have taken an a wild game or 2 when the Detroit Red wings were out there and after seeing the fans cheer the ref after he went down after the wild were not awarded a power play and anaheim was is just ASSANEIN!!!!!!

  4. Darren

    February 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Its one thing to laugh at a ref (which I am) when we take a silly spill and it does happen. Heck even we laugh at ourselves then. But its another thing completely to be hit by a big slapper especially up high. I expected better from Wild fans.

    • Joe B

      February 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Face it. A lot of fans have no class at all.

  5. drrock

    February 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    considering how nowhere near the net the puck was, the player was either a really crappy shot, or a realllllly good shot…

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