The only bad habits Merrill has are related to his calm style, which sometimes makes it seem like he's not trying hard enough. He can be burned to the outside by speedy forwards because he doesn't react in time, the same problem Larsson has had a few times. On the breakout, Merrill's calm comportment is a great thing.
Berenson did call the hit delivered on Merrill a “clean” one. On the play, Merrill possessed the puck a few feet from the boards, shielding it from the forechecker.
The hit on Merrill, combined with the space between him and the boards, allowed him to fall to the ice and then awkwardly collide with the end boards. Berenson said if it weren’t for the distance from the boards, it would have been a “simple” collision.
There's always a risk of injury when playing hockey. Merrill got unlucky.
You didn`t see the game, neither of us did, actually. He could`ve underestimated the situation, put himself in a vulnerable position, much like Scuderi.
Josefson got "unlucky" when Pandolfo broke his hand. He didn`t get "unlucky" that time he crashed awkwardly into the boards, that was simply his fault (not knowing his speed, trying to force the scoring opportunity while not being aware of his position and not caring about his own protection).