Tag:Brendan Shanahan
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:49 pm

Milan Lucic has hearing for hit on Zac Rinaldo

By Brian Stubits

Milan Lucic might finally get hit with the Shanahammer.

The Bruins forward who has been in the crosshairs in the past for those watching Brendan Shanahan's suspension radar, has yet to be punished beyond on-ice infractions. That could change now as Bruins coach Claude Julien announced that Lucic will have a phone hearing with Shanahan for his hit on the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo in a 6-0 Bruins win on Saturday.

Here's a look at the hit and ensuing fight between Rinaldo and Nathan Horton.

The fact that Lucic is getting a hearing leads me to believe that this is one hit Lucic won't be able to get past with no punishment.

Of course the most notable instance of a hit that wasn't punished came earlier this season when Lucic ran into Sabres goalie Ryan Miller way outside the crease. People were split on whether the hit warranted a suspension, but Shanahan explained that he didn't think the intent was there.

In this case, while Rinaldo clearly wasn't injured, I'm not sure how much Lucic can argue that it was an accident, that it wasn't his intention. Just look at what he said after the game.

"I noticed he was in a bit of a vulnerable position," Lucic said. "I looked and watched the tape again in slo-mo and I looked at the point of contact and it was his shoulder more than anything. And you can see him turning ... when he was going into the boards.

"I'm just glad no one got hurt on the play."

Admitting to delivering a hit on a guy that you saw in a vulnerable position isn't going to get him any brownie points to start the conversation off.

But then Rinaldo came out on Sunday and said he had no problems with the hit, calling it clean and "shoulder to shoulder."

So score one in Lucic's defense.

At this point I'm very curious to hear what the verdict will be. Rinaldo wasn't hurt and he had no problems with the hit, but it was a potentially dangerous play. I don't know if he'll be suspended for this or not, it's up in the air.

What I do know is that if he doesn't get suspended, this guy might have more lives than my cats. Likely there will be a lot of people feeling like the Bruins and Lucic got away with another one (judging from comments on all of the Lucic stories).

So, how many games, if any, jury?

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:28 pm

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

By: Adam Gretz

The Boston Bruins completely dismantled the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 6-0 win in a game that featured the type of physical play that is to be expected anytime these two teams are on the same ice surface.

It wasn't a physical hockey play, however, that resulted in the latest head injury for a Flyers player. With time ticking down in the opening period, and the Flyers already facing a four-goal deficit, rookie forward Sean Couturier was involved in a rather scary incident in front of the net when he was hit in the side of the head with a puck following a shot from his own teammate, defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

He left the game and did not return with what general manager Paul Holmgren described as "a head injury."

That's the type of month it's been for the Flyers, a team that's already lost forwards Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, as well as defenseman Chris Pronger, to concussions. It was announced this past week that Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, while there is no immediate timetable for Giroux or Schenn to return.

Of course, that wasn't the only noteworthy development during Saturday's game.

Late in the second period Bruins forward Milan Lucic was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Zac Rinaldo from behind, setting off one of the game's three fights.

Given that there was an ejection it's sure to get at least another look from the NHL's disciplinary czar, Brendan Shanahan, even if nothing comes of it. Over the past week we've seen Toronto's Dion Phaneuf and Winnipeg's Zach Bogosian be ejected for hits from behind with no supplemental discipline handed out by the league.

Saturday's game also marked the return of defenseman Zdeno Chara to the Boston lineup and he responded with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring a goal, recording an assist and fighting Philadelphia's Jody Shelley.

For the Bruins, it's their fourth in a row, a stretch that's seen them outscore their opponents 19-5, as they continue their dominant run that started over a month ago that's seen them post an 18-2-1 record since November 1.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 10:15 pm

Dion Phaneuf ejected for boarding

By: Adam Gretz

Late in the second period of a Wild game between Toronto and Buffalo on Friday night, which Buffalo won by a 5-4 margin, Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Sabres forward Zack Kassian, which you can see in the above video.

The play occurred behind the Toronto net with three minutes to play in the period, and Kassian didn't appear to do anything at the last second to put himself in a vulnerable position. When you combine that with the fact Kassian had a noticeable cut on his face, that was more than enough to give Phaneuf an early trip to the locker room.

Is this hit all that different from the one Winnipeg's Zach Bogosian delivered to Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard earlier this week? That play also resulted in a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Bogosian did not receive any supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Before being ejected, Phaneuf scored his fourth goal of the season.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 5:48 pm

Bruins' McQuaid avoids suspension for kneeing

By Brian Stubits

Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins was given a five-minute major and game misconduct in the Bruins' win in Ottawa on Wednesday for kneeing Nick Foligno.

Immediately people wondered what sort of additional punishment McQuaid Would face for the hit. It had to be coming from Brendan Shanahan, right? The hit sure looked pretty similar to Kevin Porter's kneeing of David Booth, which earned Porter a four-game suspension.

Well McQuaid won't be suspended, but it was announced by the NHL on Thursday that he has been fined $2,500.

After the game, McQuaid wanted it known that it wasn't intentional and he's a clean player (from CSN New England).

“If I could take it back, I definitely would,” said McQuaid, who blocked a pair of shots and registered three hits in. “It was one of those things where you go, ‘Oh, crap’, right after it happened.

"The penalty was deserved. That’s not me at all. I think that’s actually my first major penalty in my career outside of the fighting calls, and I don’t plan on getting any more.”

Foligno, who wasn't badly injured from the hit and did return to the game, stood up for McQuaid after the game. The two have a history with each other stretching back to their days in juniors.

"He was just trying to slow down my progress. It was a hockey play and I don't think there was any attempt to injure," Foligno said. "I've known Quaider a long time and I know he's not that type of player."

I must say, I'm surprised at the ruling. Even with a contrite McQuaid and an uninjured Foligno, I thought this would warrant something from Shanahan. I didn't expect it to be as tough as the suspension Porter received, but I thought it would be at least one game for McQuaid. It was a bad play.

I find judging the intent of the players to be a very tough and horribly mitigating factor. While I would tend to agree that McQuaid didn't intend to injure Foligno, I also don't think most all of the bad hits that are delivered are done with the intent to injure. Most of the players I have spoken to about this all talk about respect they have for their fellow players and they never want to see a guy go down injured.

People are punished all the time for the results of their actions and not their intent. When a person who has too much to drink gets behind the wheel and causes an accident, they will face the consequences of driving drunk even though their intention was likely just to get to where they were going.

I'll turn it over to you. Was this the right call or not?

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 9:52 pm

Adam McQuaid ejected for kneeing Nick Foligno

By: Adam Gretz

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was ejected late in the second period of their game in Ottawa on Wednesday night for kneeing Senators forward Nick Foligno with less than five minutes to play in the period. Along with the game misconduct he was also issued a five-minute major for kneeing, and always, there's a good chance it's going to get additional review from the NHL.

Foligno was able to return to the game.

Just last week the NHL issued a four-game suspension to Colorado's Kevin Porter for his knee-on-knee hit against Vancouver's David Booth. Booth is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL. Prior to that incident Edmonton's Ryan Whitney avoided any discipline for his knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck.

What do you say, hockey fans? Is the major and a game misconduct enough of a punishment, or does McQuaid sit for a couple of games?

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:57 pm

Jets' Bogosian ejected for boarding P-M Bouchard

By Brian Stubits

It didn't take the Winnipeg Jets long to find themselves a true rival in their new home.

The Jets and Minnesota Wild made acquaintance on Tuesday in Winnipeg and in addition to the Jets ending the Wild's seven-game win streak, but Zach Bogosian introduced the bad blood into the soon-to-be rivalry. Literally.

With just over a minute to go and the Jets clinging to a 2-1 lead, Pierre-Marc Bouchard was handling the puck behind the Jets net when Bogosian came in to make a play. Bouchard did an about face and then his face met the glass. The result was a bloodied Bouchard, a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for Bogosian.

This hit will obviously be scrutinized by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL, but this one will be debatable. This is a situation that I think many people will question whether or not Bouchard put himself into position for the bad hit, turning his back to the defender just before contact. It was a rough spot for Bogosian.

But still, the impetus is on him in that situation not to shove Bouchard into the boards while in a vulnerable position.

It's important to note that Bouchard has suffered from a concussion before, so that will be something worth watching for after this hit.

In the end, I think there might be a little extra pressure on Shanahan to lay down some extra punishment on Bogosian because of the result, a bloodied and obviously injured Bouchard, especially if he was concussed again.

The two teams already have geography working in their favor for a natural rivalry, but games like this add some real ferocity as well. Next season when they become conference/division foes, it will only be more intense.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 5:48 pm

Brad Marchand fined for slew foot

By: Adam Gretz

A full week after it happened, the NHL announced on Monday afternoon that Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $2,500 for a slew footing incident that took place during Boston's 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last week.

The play, which you can see in the above video, took place as the two players chased the puck behind the Pittsburgh net early in the second period with Marchand kicking Niskanen's legs out from under him. As the play started to go back the other direction, the two players exchanged words for a few seconds before dropping the gloves and taking part in a lengthy fight.

As always needs to be pointed out when a fine is issued, the $2,500 number is the largest fine that the NHL is allowed to hand out.

Marchand was issued a two-minute minor for tripping on the play, as well as the five-minute major for fighting.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:16 pm

Lightning's Downie only fined for role in scrum

By Brian Stubits

The Lightning's Steve Downie managed to avoid a suspension for his role in a skirmish last week in a game against the Rangers where it appeared as though Downie illegally left the bench to take part. If that were the case, it would have been an automatic suspension.

Instead, Downie told the media on Monday that he was fined by the NHL, not suspended. While he didn't say how much he was fined, the largest possible fine he could receive is $2,500. It's likely that's what he was docked.

For a refresher on what happened, Artem Anisimov of the Rangers scored short-handed and then decided to celebrate by using his stick like a gun and firing at the Lightning net and Mathieu Garon. Here's the video.

The question with regards to Downie became was he on the ice because of a legal line change? Despite not technically being on the ice when the fight began, the league came to the conclusion that it was a legal line change and Downie had a right to be in the game. He was replacing the dinged up Brett Connolly.

Still, the way he was slow to get in the game then react suddenly and go flying across the rink to join the fracas didn't look too good for him, especially considering Downie's less-than stellar reputation.

"It's what I expected," Downie said. "It is what it is. You've got to respect the decision. It's not my call but I expect what he did and what he said."

Sure could have been a lot worse. Judging by past situations with guys hopping off the bench illegally, it was a possibility that Downie could face a severe suspension.

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