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Shanahan should be embarrassed

Once again the NHL disciplinary system shows itself to be a joke. Predator defenceman Shea Weber grabbed Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg by the back of the neck and smashed his face into the glass at the near the end of game … Continue reading

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Kronwall hit on Vorachek defines the borderline

One of the refreshing things about Brendan Shanahan is his readiness to explain his disciplinary decisions. His video explanations have clearly illustrated how the rules around boarding, elbowing and hits to the head will be enforced. If a player leaves … Continue reading

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Brad Marchand argues ‘clean hit’

Boston Bruin Brad Marchand submarined Sami Salo on Saturday during the a nasty tilt with Vancouver last Saturday. Marchand was subsequently suspended 5 games for the hit. Shanahan regarded the hit as low. Marchand doesn’t think so. Speaking to the … Continue reading

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NHL ignoring Doctors on fighting

Gary Bettman was in full spin mode last week with the release of Derek Boogaard’s brain scan. Researchers at the Boston University Centre for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy had concluded that Boogaard suffered from CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a … Continue reading

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Shanny blows a call

A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion … Continue reading

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The Grim Reaper Speaks

After being called a “puke and a hypocrite” by Don Cherry Stu Grimson is demanding an apology. He is challenging Don Cherry to back up his claim that he and Chris Nylan ever called for a ban on fighting or … Continue reading

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Burrows takes a bite out of Patrice Bergeron

“I don’t mind the rough play and the little scrums at the end, as long as it’s just pushing and shoving and all of that, but biting? I mean, come on.” – Patrice Bergeron, HNIC interview, Game 1 Amidst all … Continue reading

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Did McGinn deserve a five minute penalty and a game misconduct?

Nhl refereeing is a tough job.  Hockey is a fast game and decisions have to be made quickly and with certainty.  Last night the referees in San Jose decided that Jamie McGinn deserved a five minute major boarding penalty and … Continue reading

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Seabrook disagrees with Colin Campbell

I wonder if  Colin Campbell, NHL VP and head disciplinarian, spoke to Brent Seabrook about the hit he received from Raffi Torres.  Campbell considers  the hit clean while Seabrook reports that he was struck in the head and Torres should … Continue reading

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Selanne has second fight of career

People seem to be getting a chuckle out of Teemu Selanne’s second fight of his career last Saturday night. The Kings were getting a little testy in their 3-1 loss to Anaheim in the final game of the season for … Continue reading

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