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Missed Opportunity….Again

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by davepoleck

So once again, the NHL has missed the opportunity to hand out severe punishment for acts that put other players in danger.

On Sunday, Raffi Torres leveled Brent Seabrook behind the Hawks’ net. Seabrook, who has a history of concussions, did return to the game, but will not be playing in tonight’s Game 4. Contact with the head. Check. Blindside hit. Check. Repeat offender. Check. In fact, this was Torres’ first game back from a four game suspension on a hit that wasn’t close to as bad. Suspension……..uncheck.

Last night, there were two more instances with questionable plays. This time, players were suspended for their actions. Steve Downie, in a similar scenario to what Raffi Torres did, caught Ben Lovejoy as he was behind the Penguins’ net. Steve Downie got a one game suspension for this hit.  yet received a 30 game suspension for this one. Colin Campbell was quoted as saying

“Downie left his feet and launched himself at the head of his opponent and he came from a considerable distance, with speed and force, to deliver the check,”

Now I’m really confused. So the whole hooplah about blindside hits to the head goes out the window this year?! I’m not saying Downie’s was worse or less punishable than Torres’, but at least Lovejoy has the puck and begins to skate with it! Seabrook doesn’t even have a chance to touch it before being hammered by Torres.

The second instance from last night is even more mind boggling. Chris Kunitz literally sticks out his elbow right at Simon Gagne’s head and makes clean contact. One game suspension. Greg Millen says it perfectly in the video…..Wow. Everyone is in agreement that Chris Kunitz is no Matt Cooke when it comes to dirty, suspendable plays; but Cooke was given what could turn out to be a 17 game suspension for this flying elbow on Ryan McDonagh. Does the fact that Kunitz has never been suspended really make up for the 16 game difference in suspension?

As Darren Dreger points out in his Dreger Report today, obviously the players are far from “getting the memo” from the half-assed suspensions the league keeps giving out. Case in point: Torres’ first game back in action. Case in point: Steve Downie’s previous 30 game suspension on a similar play. Case in point: Chris Kunitz plays for the same damn team that Matt Cooke does. Case in point: there have already been FOUR suspensions in under a week of playoff hockey.

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