Tag:NHL Discipline
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow



By: Adam Gretz


Late in the third period of Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, Penguins forward Matt Cooke was on the receiving end of what appeared to be an elbow to the face from defenseman John Carlson, which you can see in the above video. It was a play that initially went under the radar during the game, and Penguins fans were not happy about it after the fact.

There was no penalty called on the play, and Cooke, it appears, was uninjured as a result of the hit. It also seems that Carlson will not recieve any supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Here's what the league said in a statement sent to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
"The Department of Player Safety's view is that, with barely enough time for one last rush, Carlson was desperate to join that rush. He doesn't even see Cooke coming toward him until the last minute (his view of Cooke is obscured by Ovechkin until the last moment) and he actually cringes to avoid contact if you can pause it when they're a couple of feet apart.

"The worst-looking part of the play is when Carlson flares out his right arm. But he does that as he's past Cooke, in a "get out of my way, I have to get up ice" kind of way."
Of course, one can't help but wonder what the NHL's response would have been had the shoe been on the other foot and it were Cooke delivering a similar hit on Carlson, or any other player.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, however, insisted that Cooke's reputation did not influence the NHL's decision.

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(H/T Pensblog for the video)

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 10:36 am
 

Whitney's knee-on-knee collision with Clutterbuck

By: Adam Gretz

Late in the first period of Minnesota's 3-2 come-from-behind shootout win in Edmonton on Wednesday night, Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney and Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck were involved in an incident deep in the Edmonton zone. As Clutterbuck carried the puck out along the goal line, Whitney stepped up and hit him with what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit which sent the Wild forward tumbling through the air and left him in visible pain.

Here's a look:

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Predictably, Wild fans were not happy with the incident and are waiting for Brendan Shanahan to weigh in with what they feel should be a suspension. There was no penalty called on the play, and it will be interesting to see if the NHL does step in and speak with the parties involved to determine whether or not Whitney's hit was deliberate and issue a fine or a suspension (and they probably should).

Clutterbuck attempted to return to the game in the second period, skating a couple of shifts before eventually leaving for good. Following the game Wild head coach Mike Yeo said Clutterbuck was suffering from a charlie horse and not a knee injury.

In 23 games this season Clutterbuck has scored seven goals, including a league-best three shorthanded tallies, and has been one of Minnesota's top penalty killers.

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Max Pacioretty disagrees with suspension



By: Adam Gretz

The NHL suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty for three games on Monday for his hit on Pittsburgh's Kris Letang during Saturday's 4-3 Penguins overtime win, which ended when Letang, of all people, scored the game-winner on a controversial play in front of the Montreal net. 

On Tuesday, Pacioretty spoke to the media for the first time following the announcement and didn't seem to agree with Brendan Shanahan's decision, and also gave his version of what took place on the ice.

Pacioretty said that during his hearing, Shanahan compared the hit to one that Penguins forward Matt Cooke delivered on Boston's Marc Savard two years ago that eventually helped lead to the crackdown on hits where the head is the target and principal point of contact.

"I think that couldn't be further from the truth," said Pacioretty, via the Canadiens website (full video above). "If you look at the situation, me and Letang made eye contact and I think that's what gave me the green light to try and hit him. I felt he put himself in a vulnerable position. Maybe I shouldn't have even thought about hitting him because of the way the wind is blowing right now with head shots. I'd like to see a little bit of consistency. If the onus is on the hitter every single time I'd be fine with the suspension, but you've seen instances where they've placed the onus on the player receiving the hit as well. That's why I'm confused and a lot of other players are confused as well."
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He also talked about how he felt Letang lowered his head prior to the hit, and that when he looks at the play in slow motion he can see that Letang changed his position as he saw Pacioretty coming. When asked if the suspension would change the way he plays and hits people, Pacioretty acknowledged that in the future he would not deliver that hit, and also added that since the start of the season he's been afraid to hit opposing players.

"This whole year I haven't had many hits," said Pacioretty. "Bbecause, I'll be completely honest, I've been scared to hit people out there. A lot of times you're going in on the forecheck and the defenseman turns his back to you, and things of that nature happen. It's a fast game and injuries are going to happen, and that's why it's tough out there, especially for someone who is expected to finish their hits. The blame is still on me. I made a bad decision and down the road I'm definitely not going to make that hit when someone is coming through the middle. Though, I don't see why I should give him free pass to come through our zone and get a free shot on net."

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Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Andre Deveaux suspended 3 games

By: Adam Gretz

Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers wasn't quite as lucky as Winnipeg's Zach Bogosian when it came to the result of his Thanksgiving day meeting with the NHL's disciplinary board.

The NHL announced on Friday that Deveaux has been suspended three games as a result of his elbow to the head of Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann during Florida's 2-1 win on Wednesday night.

Here's Brendan Shanahan's latest video explaining the punishment:



The three-game suspension will leave Deveaux sidelined for the Rangers' upcoming games against Wasington (Friday), Philadelphia (Saturday) and Pittsburgh (Tuesday). He will be eligible to return to the New York lineup Thursday, Dec. 1 when the Rangers travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes.

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Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: November 25, 2011 9:10 am
 

No discipline for Bogosian

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan had a pair of disciplinary meetings on Thursday due to hits that took place on Wednesday night. We're still waiting to here what comes out of the hearing that involved New York Rangers defenseman Andre Deveaux for his hit to the head of Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann, but the NHL did announce that Winnipeg Jets defense Zach Bogosian will not face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Washington Capitals rookie Cody Eakin.

This is what the play looked like midway through the second period of Washington's 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday night:



According to the disciplinary board in a statement released by the league, "in spite of the fact that there was contact with the head, when Bogosian committed to the check, he was coming for Eakin's shoulder and Eakin's change of direction and opening up after his dump-in just prior to the contact contributes enough that there will be no supplementary discipline."

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Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:28 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 2:37 pm
 

How will Sabres respond to Lucic, Bruins?

Lucic1By: Adam Gretz

The last time the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins met we watched as Milan Lucic plowed through Ryan Miller, sparking a debate as to whether or not goalies should be "fair game" when they venture out of their crease to play the puck (according to the current NHL rules, they're not). The play even resulted in the topic of goalie protection being a last-minute addition to the agenda of the general managers meetings that were taking place later that week.

When the NHL decided not to suspend Lucic there was a concern that it meant it would now be "open season" on goalies, a fire that the NHL quickly tried to extinguish. It also left us wondering how the Sabres would respond when the two teams faced off again (as they will on Wednesday night), and whether or not they would attempt to dish out their own brand of vigilante justice. In the initial meeting, immediately after Miller was hit, the Sabres did not respond the way one would expect a team to respond after watching their starting goaltender, and arguably their best player, get run over by a member of the opposing team.

Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has said repeatedly that the team wasn't happy with their response and that it won't happen again.

As expected, the NHL has warned both teams about any shenanigans that may take place when the two teams meet on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean something won't go down after the puck drops.

Miller suffered a concussion as a result of the play and has not been back in the lineup since, and had some strong words for Lucic in his post-game interviews saying, "I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a gutless piece of [feces] I think Lucic is."

Lucic is already expecting somebody from Buffalo to take a run at him, and that's probably a safe bet. In recent years the Sabres haven't been a huge fighting team, finishing 23rd, 27th and 25th over the past three years in fighting majors. Through the early part of this season they're eighth, one spot behind Boston, with 10 fighting majors. The leader in the clubhouse at this point is Cody McCormick with four. Patrick Kaleta and Paul Gaustad each have two, while Robyn Regehr and Mike Weber have each dropped the gloves once.

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It's hard to say how it will all play out, but if I had to guess right now I'd say that somebody, and this would probably be McCormick if he plays (he's missed the past three games), given his size and experience as a fighter, challenges Lucic early in the game and the gloves come off. Hopefully that's the end of it and everybody can move on, but there's a chance, if the referees allow it and can't take control of the situation, that things could quickly get out of hand. The Bruins aren't a team that takes kindly to being challenged physically, regardless of the circumstances, and they've had their share of donnybrooks over the past couple of years.

It's also worth asking if the Sabres might try to return the favor and make their presence felt around the Boston net.

As I mentioned above, there was a concern in the immediate aftermath of the NHL's decision to not punish Lucic that it is now open season on goaltenders, and we've already seen a taste of that in the week-and-a-half since Miller was sidelined. In Buffalo's very next game Jhonas Enroth was hit by Montreal's Erik Cole skating through the crease.

On Tuesday night we watched as Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson left his crease to play a puck behind the net, and was then hit from behind by Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone, resulting in no penalty (click here to watch). When Gustavsson pleaded his case to the official that watched the play unfold right in front of him, the referee simply pointed at the spot on the ice where the Leafs goalie was hit.

Whatever happens, this is probably the most anticipated game on Wednesday's schedule.

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Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Doughty fined $2,500 for cross-check

By: Adam Gretz

In the closing seconds of his team's 3-2 win in St. Louis on Tuesday night, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was issued a two-minute minor for cross-checking T.J. Oshie face-first into the boards. At first glance, during real-time and on the normal broadcast view, it didn't look to be anything out of the ordinary, other than your run-of-the-mill cross-checking minor.

From the second angle, it appeared to be a little worse, with Doughty hitting a vulnerable player into the boards in a dangerous spot. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after the game that Oshie should be OK.

On Wednesday the NHL announced that Doughty has been fined $2,500 for the play.

 Here's a look at the video, via The Score:



Andy Strickland spoke with Doughty following the game as he offered his point of view on the play, saying, “I thought he turned at the last minute, I was just trying to finish my man. I saw him take a peak and maybe I should have done a shoulder hit as opposed to a cross-check but I had no intention of hurting him and I hope he’s OK."

Just last week the Blues had one of their own players, forward Chris Stewart, an otherwise clean player, receive a three-game banishment from the NHL for a similar push into the boards.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:47 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Chris Stewart ejected for hit from behind (Video)

By: Adam Gretz

Chris Stewart might need to open up his schedule for a discussion with Brendan Shanahan in the near future.

The St. Louis Blues forward had a short night during his team's 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, playing just a little over three minutes before he was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking Niklas Kronwall from behind midway through the first period.



Stewart is definitely a physical player, but he has a pretty clean reputation and has never been issued any supplemental discipline from the league. Still, it's hard to imagine that he won't be hearing from the league regarding this play.

Kronwall left the game for a brief period of time but was able to eventually return. The Red Wings were unable to take advantage of the power play time, failing to score on the five-minute advantage.

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