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Kunitz, Downie suspended one game apiece

Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:10 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 2:12 pm

The verdict is already down on Steve Downie and Chris Kunitz from their Game 4 elbows to the head. Each player will be suspended for one game .

In Game 4, the Lightning's Downie flattened Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy on the boards behind the net. Lovejoy clearly wasn't aware of the hit coming and it came up high, a very dangerous combination.

A little later in the game, Kunitz threw a clear and undeniable elbow at the head of Tampa Bay's Simon Gagne. He was penalized on the play two minutes for elbowing. While the damage potential wasn't incredibly high, the intent is what matters here, and there's little way to say there was no intent to throw an elbow to the head.

The decision comes down a day after the NHL elected not to punish the Canucks' Raffi Torres for a questionable hit on Brent Seabrook of the Blackhawks, who will miss tonight's Game 4 in Chicago.

The hits are exactly what the league has been trying to eradicate in recent years. It's been a touchy subject with a lot of gray area, but anytime it seems clear there was an intentional shot to the head, the suspension is likely to follow.

In the playoffs there seems to be an uptick in the amount of the big, dangerous hits, something you can likely attribute to the playoff brand of hockey, a more physical and intense brand.

-- Brian Stubits


Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:45 pm

Kunitz, Downie suspended one game apiece

One game each? Really? Guess the league doesn't care too much about hits to the head after all.

Now let's see if Mario Lemieux wants to put his money (and playoff chances) where his mouth is. He railed on and on about how soft the league is on head hits, well here's his chance to do something about it. He can send a message that he won't stand for this kind of thing on his own team if he truly cares about the game so much. If he's not willing to supplement this joke of a punishment by imposing a team suspension on Kunitz (yeah, like that's ever going to happen) then I don't want to ever hear him open his hypocritical mouth on the subject again.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:38 pm

Kunitz, Downie suspended one game apiece

this is some of biggest bulls**t ever. how does torres do the same thing that downie did and get nothing. torres just came back from suspension too.  no consistancy at all. nhl is a complete mess. can i have Campbell's job please. This is so easy. hitto the head equals one game. Next time you do it equals 2 games, next time 4 games and it just keeps doubling. how hard is that.

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