VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Philadelphia Flyers forward
Jesse Boulerice said he expects to be suspended for cross-checking
Vancouver's Ryan Kesler across the face late in an 8-2 rout on
The hit occurred with 5:41 left and the Flyers leading 7-2.
After some pushing and shoving back and forth, Boulerice caught an
unsuspecting Ryan Kesler across the face with his stick, leaving
the Canucks forward lying motionless on the ice. He eventually got
up and skated to the bench on his own.
Boulerice's coach agreed that a suspension is probably
"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."
Boulerice received a match penalty for intent to injure, which
comes with an automatic review by the league.
"I'm just lucky my jaw isn't broken, hopefully it's not
fractured," Kesler said. "Obviously it's a dirty play and you
don't like to see that happen to anyone. ... It shouldn't be in the
Boulerice said he was sorry for the hit.
"I reacted in a bad way the wrong way," he said.