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Blue Jackets coach: Dustin Brown’s hit on Ryan Murray ‘a forearm to the chin’

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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L.A. Kings’ captain Dustin Brown thought his high hit on Ryan Murray was clean. The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t quite see it the same way.

Brown was handed a minor penalty for charging after he caught the Blue Jackets blue liner with a hit that appeared to be to the head, as Murray was reaching forward to play the puck during the second period of Thursday’s game between the two clubs. Murray was almost completely on his knees at the point of contact.

“It’s a fine hit...At this point, I don’t know if we’re allowed to hit anymore,” said Brown, as per Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

“It’s just one of those plays where he kind of bails, and I’m coming in for the hit,” he added.

The Blue Jackets, who came out of this game with a 2-1 overtime loss, disagree with Brown’s assertion of the play.

“The way I saw it, our player was vulnerable … primary point of contact was the head,” said Blue Jackets’ head coach Todd Richards, as per Rob Mixer. “It’s a forearm to the chin. And the player (Brown) has done it before.”

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