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Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

Posted on: March 18, 2011 4:30 am
Edited on: March 21, 2011 1:01 pm
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Apparently, the fact the NHL doled out suspensions on consecutive days didn't stop the questionable hits on Thursday.

Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist delivered an elbow (or at least a shoulder) to Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin late in the first period, a collision that resulted in a gash near Seguin's ear that required stitches. North of the border, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier was tossed after a two-hand chop delivered to Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban

So much for deterrent value. 

San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley was suspended Wednesday and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand received a ban on Thursday, each receiving two games for blindside hits to the head. 

And Hornqvist, who received an elbowing major and a game misconduct, appears to be the most likely between two players ejected Thursday to be on tap for another ban. (The collision takes palce about 45 seconds into this replay .)

"I came into the room, and (the trainer) said 'nice ear lobe, it looks its falling off' and I got stitches," Seguin told CSNNE's Joe Haggerty after the Bruinhs fell, 4-3, in overtime. 

Haggery reports that the Preds tried to explain away the hit.
Preds coach Barry Trotz attempted to claim that his player “pulled his elbow in” at the last minute on the hit, but that leaves no explanation for how the 19-year-old’s ear was gruesomely ripped open and sewn together after the game. Perhaps it was the leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day, eh Barry?

While it wasn’t a headshot, Lecavalier didn’t exactly deliver a love tap to Subban. Here's the video of the incident .  

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Lecavalier received a slashing major and a game misconduct after two-hand hack to Subban. Subban, who received slashing minor on the play, went to the locker room before he returned to the game.

Damian Cristodero of The St. Petersburg Times reports on what Lecavalier said preceded the slash and his reaction to the ejection:

"He slew-footed me a couple of times in front of the net," Lecavalier said of Subban. "And when I went around the net, he slashed me twice on the wrist, and that's when I turned around and slashed him back."

Subban went down holding his left arm. But the Lightning said its replays showed Subban was slashed on the thigh.

"I don't know about getting kicked out of the game," Lecavalier said. "Obviously, he came back, and he was well on the next shift." Subban was unavailable to reporters after the game.


PACIORETTY PROGRESSING: Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens forward carted off after his head collided with a stanchion last week, could be back as soon as the playoffs, Habs coach Jacques Martin told reporters on Thursday. 

“Good news today regarding Max Pacioretty,” Martin told The Montreal Gazette . “He’ll be able to return to training with contact within four to six weeks of his injury.”

That would mean he’d be able return to full practices as quickly as April 5, five days before the end of the regular season. Martin added that Pacioretty, who suffered a broken bone in his neck and a severe concussion, would “be on complete rest” until Saturday and would follow the league’s new concussion protocol that dictates a player’s route back to game action after a concussion. 

That’s certainly not bad for those who watched as he lay on the ice and wondered if the 22-year-old would be able to walk -- let alone play hockey --  again.  

THURSDAY’s RESULTS

Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)  
Detroit 2, Columbus 0  
Florida 4, Toronto 0 
Ottawa 3, New Jersey 1 
Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO) 
Nashville 4, Boston 3 (OT)  
Dallas 5, Chicago 0  
Phoenix 3, Edmonton 1 
Calgary 5, Colorado 2
San Jose 3, Minnesota 2  
St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 0  
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:23 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

Exactly.  I hope he plays right away, so some of these whiney girl scouts can drop the damn topic.  "Wwwwhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa... my hockey team sucks... Zdeno needs to be suspended... Pacioretty almost died... wwwhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!"  He'll be back on the ice in no time, crybabies.



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 19, 2011 1:42 am
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

Subban was unavailable to reporters after the game.
Kind of difficult to get Subban's side if he won't talk to reporters. 

So Subban gets 2 minutes for repetitive hacks and slashes to Lecavalier's wrists and forearm while Lecavalier gets tossed from the game for hitting Subban in the hip in addition to his 2 and 5 minute penalties.  Subban really sold that slash to the hip with that dive to the ice.  I still stand by my question, where the penalties, as in plural, on Subban?  He should have been called for a trip, a slash and a dive. 

Also, I get the pushing and shoving in front of the net.  But I don't see anywhere in 57.1 where it mentions an exception for tripping in front of the net.  So thanks for the advice, I checked first this time.  The same exception appears to be missing from 52.1 for slew footing as well.

Still just my personal opinion.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

" Where were the penalties on Subban"
I'll tell you where they were, FYI Subban also got called for a slashing penalty on that sequence...
Also you only got Lecalvier's version, and not Subban's . These " player blocking the view of the goalie" confrontations happen all the time,many times a game and will always be part of the game. And have absolutely nothing to do with ramming a player"s head into a metal partition. The author is purely extrapolating  a different situation on to his story and it is pure yellow journalism.

So i strongly suggest next time, before formulating and posting an opinion, to fairly get both sides of an incident and to check your facts first.

Just my personal opinion though.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

Maybe the players wouldn't be worried about taking things into thier own hands if the refs made more calls on the guy instigating the hacking than just calling the retaliator.


this has been the problem since Bettman took over, and unfortunately I dont see it changing anytime soon



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

I'm of the mind that we need to hold players responsible for their actions, but until you start taking away significant portions of these guys salaries and keeping them out of the line-up for more than a couple of games, I don't see it stopping.

Another issue I have though is the refs.  I can see where Lecavalier was getting hacked as he came around the net and it alos looked like he got tripped out front.  Where were the penalties on Subban?  Why are we surprised when guys retaliate after another player hacks away without being called?  Maybe the players wouldn't be worried about taking things into thier own hands if the refs made more calls on the guy instigating the hacking than just calling the retaliator.

Just my personal opinion though.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:38 am
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

He sure is one of those guys you love to hate... if he's not on your team.




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:00 am
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

hey PK dont forget to renew your actors guild card


 what a joke this guy is



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 8:57 am
 

Morning Skate: String of suspensions may continue

"Pacioretty, who suffered a broken bone in his neck and a severe concussion..."

Nobody who gets a "severe concussion" is ruled able to come back for full contact practice a week later. If he'd gotten a severe concussion, he'd still be languishing in a dark room with a white metal bowl next to his bed. Talk about selling it. What Canadiens fan wrote this?


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