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Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Kevin Porter suspended four games for kneeing

By Brian Stubits

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kevin Porter was suspended four games for his knee-to-knee hit on Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth from Tuesday night.

It was ugly, nasty and was a hit that has no place in hockey. Even worse, it resulted in Booth spraining his MCL and he'll miss the next 4-6 weeks as a result.

Here is the recap of the decision from discipline chief Brendan Shanahan.

This is the first time Shanahan has issued a suspension for kneeing, but if any was worth it, this was. As Shanahan points out, there were a couple of clear factors for the large suspension. First of all, Porter comes from a good ways with his leg fanned out. Secondly, Booth makes no alterations to his path that would lead to accidental contact or anything.

Booth's injury also played a role.

I'm pleasantly surprised. I was a bit skeptical that Shanahan would issue a suspension for this hit, but obviously he did. It was cheap and a message needed to be sent.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Reviewing Kevin Porter's kneeing on David Booth

By Brian Stubits

On Sunday, Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth had one of his hits scrutinized, his collision with Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in Vancouver's win. He was eventually cleared despite a lot of similarities to the hit that got the Predators forward Jordin Tootoo a two-game ban.

A game later and now a hit against Booth is going to get the ol' Shanahan review.

In the first period of Vancouver's 6-0 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday night, Booth was knocked out of the game after a knee-to-knee hit from the Avs' Kevin Porter. Here's a look at the play.

Porter was given a five-minute major and game misconduct. Worse, though, is the fact that Booth appeared to have sustained a bad injury on the play. He limped his way off the ice with help, unable to put much pressure down on his injured leg. MRIs are scheduled for Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury. Hopefully for Booth, it's just a situation of a bruised knee cap.

The question now turns to how many games will he be given in the form of a suspension, if any?

Keep in mind that so far, Shanahan has issued suspensions or fines for a lot of different dangerous plays, but none of them have been kneeing. So there isn't a precedent to speak of for Shanny on this one. Actually, there is a precedent, it's that he hasn't done anything with it in the past. There was a previous kneeing incident this season featuring Ryan Whitney of the Oilers taking out Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck. Nothing came of it.

They are both (referring to Porter's and Whitney's hits) dirty and, to me at least, are just about as bad as hits to the head. There is no place for this kind of play. I suppose you can argue that the kneeing is unintentional, but that's going to happen when you try and slide into the skater's path with bowed out legs.

If I were to venture a guess, I would say this like does not get Porter any additional punishment. Until I see an instance of kneeing being penalized by Shanahan, then I'll sing a different tune.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Stars' Fistric suspended three games for charging

By Brian Stubits

The Shanahammer is getting some good use of late. On Wednesday, Brendan Shanahan swung his hammer of justice for the second time in as many days, laying down a three-game suspension for the Dallas Stars' Mark Fistric for his big hit on promising Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter.

Without further ado, here is Shanahan telling you about the incident that occurred in a game ...

This suspension is rare in that it comes off a charging call -- or lack thereof. Shanahan focuses a lot on the fact that Fistric let the ice to make the hit on Niederreiter, a clear charge if there ever was in. The call wasn't made on the ice, but that doesn't deter the swift hand of Shanahan.

Making matters worse, Niederreiter suffered a concussion on the play. Combined with the fact that Fistric has faced supplemental discipline before in the form of a fine and it's the triple-trouble trio. The result is three games.

It was clear that the NHL was going to review this hit carefully, it seemed to be another perfect example of the hit they want eradicated from the league. The hit was made up high instead of to the body and it resulted in a concussed opponent.

But something that is sure to get the Dallas fans all upset is how this compares to the hit their own Tomas Vincour took earlier this season from Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn. Here is that play again. Pretty similar, yes? I'll concede it's at least enough to allow Stars fans to feel wronged and upset by it.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Pacioretty still unhappy with Shanahan reasoning

By Brian Stubits

The honeymoon for Brendan Shanahan is over, the grace period gone. Now he's beginning to feel some of the blow back that Colin Campbell put up for years.

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty just finished serving a three-game suspension for an open-ice hit that left Penguins defenseman Kris Letang with a broken nose. He wasn't overly pleased with the punishment from the start, and now he is getting in a little war of the words with the discipline boss.

For some, Pacioretty's hit on Letang evoked memories of Matt Cooke's shot on Marc Savard a couple seasons ago. According to Pacioretty, Shanahan is one of those people.

From the Canadian Press, Pacioretty insisted Monday that Shanahan compared the hit to the Cooke hit, something Pacioretty doesn't feel was fair.

“We didn't bring it up, [Shanahan] brought it up,” Pacioretty said. “You can ask my agent [Alec Schall]. He was on the phone. Ask the GM [Pierre Gauthier]. It happened.

“In the back of my mind it's a completely different hit. Savard's a lefty coming across. He has no idea Cooke's coming from the other side of the ice. I'm not trying to get into comparisons, but they [the NHL] compared it to that and we compared it to [Tampa Bay's Ryan] Malone on [Montreal's Chris] Campoli."

Hey Max, I don't see the problem in the NHL comparing it to the Cooke-Savard incident. After all, Cooke received no punishment (it's never too late for some Colie humor).

"Every hit's different. That's what makes this tough," Pacioretty acknowledged. "There is always going to be that grey area. They're doing the best they can to crack down, but it's not consistent.”

For what it's worth, Shanahan denied making a connection between the two hits in a radio interview. Although he didn't go so far as to say Pacioretty was intentionally lying, just that he was probably a bit emotional and took things the wrong way.

Welcome to the job where you can never please anybody, Shanny.

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H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Habs' Max Pacioretty suspended three games

By Brian Stubits

There wasn't much question of if, but how many games would Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty would get for his hit over the long weekend on the Penguins' Kris Letang.

Turns out the answer is three games.

This might be the best and most descriptive video that Brendan Shanahan has issued in his tenure and time of doing these explanatory videos. As he details, Letang risked taking a big hit himself by crossing through the ice with the puck on his stick, but shouldn't have expected a hit to his head like that.

On the play, Letang suffered a broken nose and left a bloody pool on the ice. Shanahan has explained multiple times that any injury resulting from a hit will weigh into the decision. That was certainly a contributing factor here, too.

There were a lot of factors that Shanahan considered on this hit. Of the many, one was that the position of Letang's head didn't change significantly when he shot the puck and thus the onus being on Pacioretty to avoid making the head the principal point of contact.

Pacioretty will be unavailable for the team's California trip, with stops in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles.

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Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Rangers' Deveaux gives Fleischmann elbow to head

By Brian Stubits

In the second period of the Florida Panthers' 2-1 win over the Rangers, New York forward Andre Deveaux gave Brendan Shanahan a reason to work on Thanksgiving.

The Rangers tough guy delivered an elbow to the head of Tomas Fleischmann in open ice. Fleischmann left the game for a while but did come back and played well enough to receive one of the Stars of the game. Here's a look.

At first he was sent to the penalty box, but upon further deliberation, Deveaux was given a game misconduct in addition to the five-minute major on the play. The game misconduct automatically means a review, but something tells me Shanahan was going to take a closer look at this one.

“I don’t know, I haven’t seen it yet, it happened quickly. I probably can’t comment on it until after I see it,” Deveaux said after the game. “He was cutting in. I went to finish my check. I just remember that he went down. I haven’t seen it. I don’t know how bad it is. I know I elbowed him. He came back, so that’s good.”

Looking at Deveaux, he does have a history on his record, so you can all but guarantee Shanahan will lay a pretty heavy hammer on Deveaux in this case. I wouldn't be surprised if Deveaux is called in for an in-person hearing, opening him up to a suspension of at least five games.

For Deveaux, this could cost him more than a few games and pay. Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record suggests that Deveaux could be sent down to Connecticut of the AHL and Mats Zuccarello be given a shot to prove his worth.

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H/t to Kukla's Korner

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Sabres' Myers avoids suspension for hit on Zubrus

By Brian Stubits

Welcome back to the ice, Tyler Myers.

The Buffalo Sabres defenseman who was struggling so much to start this season that he was a healthy scratch two games ago apparently received the message. In Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Devils, Myers had without question his best offensive performance of the season with two of Buffalo's three goals.

He also put his name on the list of debatable hits with a shot on Dainius Zubrus.

Every hit that is questionable is scrutinized now, that's the climate of the NHL under Brendan Shanahan's rule. So this is today's debatable hit: suspension or not?

The answer is no. After reviewing the hit, Shanahan elected no further discipline was needed on Myers, according to Katie Strang of ESPN New York.

After review, the NHL's Department of Player Safety determined that while Zubrus' head was the principal point of contact, it was not targeted. The disciplinary team, led by Brendan Shanahan, felt Myers attempted a full body-check but caught Zubrus while he was reaching low to play the puck.

Shanahan still plans on calling Myers to explain his decision since the call was considered borderline.
Consider, too, that Myers is not in the repeat offender category. That weighs in Shanahan's decisions, as does the fact that Zubrus was not injured as a result of the hit, just a little shaken. Thus, we end at the result of no discipline.

"I didn't like the look of it," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "It looked to me like one of the head shots they are trying to get out of the game."

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff saw it differently.

"If you want to play physical, and the guy's stretched out and bent over, sometimes bad things can happen," he said.

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

By Brian Stubits

Chris Stewart of the St. Louis Blues was suspended three games for his boarding hit on Niklas Kronwall in Tuesday night's 2-1 Blues win.

Here is the video from Brendan Shanahan explaining the decision.

When the hit was made, everybody immediately jumped to the question of how many games? There didn't seem to be much if on the suspension question, just how much. Now we have our answer.

In Shanahan's explanation he notes the primary fact that Stewart saw Kronwall's number for some time before delivering the hit. Heading into the boards with a player on his back, Shanny said it was his belief that Kronwall was defenseless and it was then on Stewart to avoid or at least minimize the hit. Instead, he shoved Kronwall, resulting in a dangerous-looking colision with the wall.

"It's a situation that we accept and we move on with," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "But I just want to be 100 percent crystal clear that our support for the type of player Stewart is hasn't wavered. He's a very honest, hard player. This is a hockey play that went awry."

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock defended his player, explaining that Stewart was anticipating a reverse check from Kronwall on the play and that there was no intent for him to injure Kronwall. That's not how the sherriff saw it.

In an interesting twist, Kronwall actually took blame for the hit from Stewart. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press, Kronwall absolved Stewart of blame on the play.

"I think it was more of an accidental thing than anything," Kronwall said after practice this afternoon at HP Pavilion. "I think everyone knows that he is not that kind of player. He is an honest, hardworking guy.

"I put myself a little bit in a bad spot. I think he was anticipating me doing something else. But it was bad, absolutely."

The other big points that Shanahan has taken into consideration in the past -- i.e. whether or not an injury resulted from the hit and any past record of the offender -- weren't even met in this case. Kronwall was OK after the hit and Stewart has nothing to speak of in his past to qualify him as a repeat offender. Yet he still received three games.

Imagine if Stewart did have any priors on his resume or if Kronwall were hit from the check. We could have been looking at more than five games for this same act. The call for three games is right where I thought it'd be. It was a bad hit from start to finish and not even a clean record was going to save Stewart here.

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