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Ville Leino suspended one game for elbowing

Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:29 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino was suspended one game for his elbow to the head of the Flyers' Matt Read on Wednesday night in Buffalo. Brendan Shanahan made the announcement, the third suspension of the day (Kevin Porter for four games and Andy Sutton indefinitely).

We'll let Shanahan take it from here.

The key points? Leino caught a break on two of the three things that Shanahan looks for: Read was not hurt on the play and Leino has no history of supplemental discipline to speak of. So that's the good for him.

But the bad? It was a reckless play, as Shanahan points out. He made a play on the puck by lifting up Read's stick and seemingly jostling the stick loose. The elbow that came up high afterward to Read's head was unnecessary and just a bad play.

Shanahan goes on to point out that the head was the principle point of contact. I'd argue the head was the only point of contact on the hit. It was quite literally a textbook definition of a bad hit they want out of the sport.

It also is going to leave Sabres fans wondering when they are going to get a call to go their way. It seems they have been on the bad side of nearly every possible questionable play involving them this season, most glaringly the non-suspension for Milan Lucic with his much-discussed hit on Ryan Miller.

This suspension is a slap on the wrist if there ever were one. A suspension pretty much had to be handed down on such an obvious elbow to the head in open ice. Luckily for everybody involved, it wasn't worse for Read.

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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:46 am
 

Ville Leino suspended one game for elbowing

This is a clear case of intent.  How could he argue he wasn't trying to elbow the guy in the head.  Clearly a cheap shot.




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Ville Leino suspended one game for elbowing

One game is good, 2 would have been better.   I'm just glad Shanahan went after it.


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