Head hits a concern for Julien

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

A year ago yesterday, the Boston Bruins lost their best offensive player to a concussion.

Patrice Bergeron was hit from behind by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones and knocked unconscious.

He went on to miss the rest of the season with post-concussion symptoms.

On Sunday, New York Islanders forward Doug Weight caught Carolina Hurricanes rookie Brandon Sutter with his head down.

TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Sutter suffered a concussion on the play and had to be taken to the hospital.

"I think you have to look at the situations differently," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

"In Bergy's case, he was standing up and was straight when he got hit.

"Those are two different hits.

"I went back and looked at the replay, and without taking sides here, I thought Sutter was reaching for the puck and was in a vulnerable position."

While Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford conceded Weight's hit was legal, he stated the league is not doing enough to protect players from head shots.

It's unlikely Weight will be suspended for the hit.

"He was basically at hip height, so it's like he went after his head," Julien said.

"Weight's job was to try to go in with a hit. I think it was an unfortunate hit.

"I don't think it was a dirty hit."

Such was not the opinion of the Jones hit on Bergeron.

TWO-GAME SUSPENSION

The Bruins star was drilled from behind into the corner boards trying to turn away from the check.

Jones received a two-game suspension for the hit.

"You have to protect heads, but I don't know at what point," Julien said.

"If you're going to punish guys every time a guy puts himself in a vulnerable position and the other guy tries to put in a clean hit, then you might as well eliminate body checking."


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