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Ducks' Jacques gets three games; Beauchemin none

Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:52 pm

By Brian Stubits

Jean-Francois Jacques hasn't spent a lot of time with the Anaheim Ducks this season. WHen he has, he's caught the eye of Brendan Shanahan. Twice.

The Ducks forward was suspended for three games on Monday by Shanahan for his hit to the head of the Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger after the latter released a shot from the slot.

As usual, here's Shanahan's video explaining it.

This video has a lot of the same verbage we've heard from Shanny this season. Going into the slot, Umberger can expect a good check, but should not expect one to the head and in this case that was the principal point of contact.

"J.F. hit a player that was vulnerable after shooting the puck, and he needs to be more aware in those situations," Ducks GM Bob Murray said. "We accept the league's ruling and will move forward."

Leading to part of the three-game punishment is the fact that Jacques was handed a suspension in the preseason too.

That was just the first of two hearings on the day for Ducks players. The one a bit more concerning to Ducks fans was a hearing for defenseman Francois Beauchemin for his hit that left Jeff Carter with a separated shoulder.

Shanahan elected to come down with no additional punishment for Beauchemin, be it a suspension or a fine. That's the good news in it all for Anaheim.

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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:58 pm

Ducks' Jacques gets three games; Beauchemin none

I feel the same.  Shanny has stated many times that you can land a huge hit on someone in that situation.  Just don't have the guy's head be your point of contant.

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:01 am

Ducks' Jacques gets three games; Beauchemin none

I remember going to games where hits like that were the norm and when the game ended players would come off the ice with chipped teeth, black eyes, and blood stained jerseys. Man I miss hockey.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:22 am

Ducks' Jacques gets three games; Beauchemin none

Good explanation by Shanahan when he said something along the lines that any player should expect a good hard check when shooting the puck from that area but they shouldn't have to worry about a headshot intentionally or recklessly.    
I'm glad he threw in some context to the explanation.    Jacques is already at 2 suspensions now.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:52 pm

Ducks' Jacques gets three games; Beauchemin none

Come on man..... Umberger should be suspended for skating with his head down!!!!! I've played hockey my whole life and was always taught to keep your head up or you'll get your bell rung!!! Jacques never even made contact with the head. The NHL is going down the tubes. might as well put tootoos on and figure skates, get a bunch of judges and have a competition. BLAH!!!!

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