Baggins, on 21 February 2013 - 02:37 AM, said:
Rome didn't move towards Horton until Horton had already passed the puck. As a matter of fact the puck was already on the other Bruins stick before Rome even moved towards him. He deserved a suspension. It was a late blindside hit that couldn't be construed as anything other than intent to injure.
It was Raymond that initiated contact to get the puck. They tangled and passed right over the puck. Boychuk didn't hit Raymond into the boards, as much as their momentum simply carried them there. It was really nothing more than a freak accident with Raymond off balance from contact he initiated.
Keith was suspended 5 games as a first time offender. Shannahan said afterwards, had he known the severity of Daniels injury the suspension would have been longer. BUT, when he talked to Daniel he said he was fine. Blame Danny not the Shannahan or the NHL. I do however believe the league needs to stop basing suspensions on the result and start basing them on the act instead. A week after the Bertuzzi incident Ference sucker punched a player and pummeled him on the ice and got a 3 game suspension. It could just as easily had the same result as the Bertuzzi incident but didn't. Does a 3 game suspension discourage sucker punches as much as Bertuzzi's suspension? It seemed to me the NHL learned nothing from the Bertuzzi incident. That's why I say punish the crime not the result.
It doesn't surprise me Hansen got a game, although I had hoped he'd just get a minor fine. You don't really get a great look at the play, but it looks like Hansen went after the puck with a players head in the way. Which should have been obvious to him as he was behind Hossa. With where the puck was coming down he didn't have much choice but to hit Hossa in the head. Which makes him responsible. I'm ok with a game.
I don't have a big gripe with the one game. I only wish there'd be some consistency.
But don't rewrite history. Rome's hit was clearly defined as a "legal hit" even by the NHL. Like Hansen's it was a hockey play gone bad. A hockey play is not "intent to injure". The only reason it was even a penalty was that it was a half second late combined with Horton admiring his own pass and not being prepared for a hit and subsequently got injured and was taken off the ice in dramatic fashion. A slightly late legal hit would have gotten 2 minutes max if the receiving player had his head up and was able to skate back to the bench after. That he received the longest suspension in playoff history was a travesty, and further decimated our chances with Hamhuis out. It was particularly appalling that they brought in Brian Burke to help decide the punishment.
And on the Raymond play, if you watch it you can see Boychuk steer Raymond into the boards, and at the last second he gives him one last shove into the boards while Raymond is in a prone position head down. All this while the play is continuing up the ice. That final shove was a deliberate attempt to injure. He should have been suspended for the remainder of the playoffs.
Keith's 5 games was a joke. Just enough time to rest up and come back for a few games to warm up for the playoffs. What got me was that at first we heard that Shanahan was not going to call Keith up for an in person hearing, and only a phone call. Which meant that the suspension was only going to garner 3 or less games. Due to pressure he relented and brought him in and gave his Team Canada pal 5 regular season games.
I can't believe in an all out conspiracy against the Canucks but it is troubling that the Canucks have been treated through the years. Especially from Bertuzzi on. Bert ended up with 20 games, but could have been longer than any suspension in modern day NHL if the Canucks had gone further that year. I would have even accepted that better if this indicated a new tougher approach by the NHL, but then only a couple of weeks later they had a chance with Belak's Two hand slash to the head of Vaananan, which IMO was much more egregious as Belak swung to the head with a stick, obvious intent to injure. Bert sucker punched Moore but it was done more to force Moore to turn around and face his punishment. What did Belak (a Toronto Maple Leaf) get? Six regular and 2 playoff games.
Its just when you add it all up.... why do we so often come out on the short end of the hockey stick?