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No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:53 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

During his third period destruction of the Lightning on Sunday afternoon, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin found himself in the middle of a confrontation with Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier.

The incident started when Malkin ducked out of the way along the boards to avoid a check from Lecavalier, and ended when the Tampa Bay captain threw a punch at Malkin's face during a scrum. When all was said and done, Lecavalier was issued 14 penalty minutes (four for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct) while Malkin received a two-minute minor of his own.

It's been reported on Monday that Lecavalier will not face any further discipline from the NHL for that late punch that he delivered.

The entire incident has sparked a bit of a bizarre reaction, as the Lightning felt that Malkin was taking a run at Lecavalier's knee, while analysts Keith Jones and Mike Milbury put the blame on Malkin for trying to avoid the check, and even went as far as to compare it to the Brad Marchand-Sami Salo incident from last week (and in case you forgot about that one, you can read up on it here).

And here is Milbury and Jones talking about Sunday's incident, and all of the important on-ice action that led to it.



I'm not sure I buy the argument that it's at all comparable to the Marchand-Salo play, but what do you think? Is it the same thing? And should Lecavalier have faced any supplemental discipline from the league for his punch?

Previously at Eye On Hockey

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:17 pm
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

No - not like the Marchand-Salo incident.

The initial play was just Malkin ducking ever so slightly to avoid a check.  Lecavalier then gives him a shove afterward - no big deal.  Then, Malkin spears Lecavalier.  That, I think, is what made Lecavalier stop and challenge Malkin.  When Malkin (apparently) declined, Lecavalier turned and skated off.  Again - no big deal.

The problem is that in the 3rd, Malkin give Lecavalier a cheap shot with the shoulder to the head.  That should have been a misconduct and likely a suspension for Malkin - but it wasn't and won't be.  I'm not sure what was said/happened afterward so that Lecavalier threw that last punch, but he got an extra two and the 10 minute - so I don't think any further discipline was warranted.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:01 pm
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

I'm not saying that what Vinny did was right, but Malkin is not an angel either. I don't watch all of the Pens games, but every time they play the Flyers, he is always taking a shot a someone behind the play, or after the play. Just this year he went after Giroux's head with an elbow but luckily Giroux was able to dodged that cheap shot. I've always thought that Malkin is kind of a creep just from watching Flyers-Pens games throughout the years.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:35 pm
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

this was utterly ridiculous, those 2 plays are not even in the same category.  im going to guess they are getting fellow canadian Lacavlier's back because Malking is an evil Euro-player...haha...to compare those 2 plays is insane, i think anyone can see that thjey are not even close.  Malkin kept on staking past the check and Lecavlier was mad he whiffed (they have a bit of a past too) the other hit was a blatant low blow to the knees/legs, the guy stopped to make sure he got him too...totally different and not even close



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:17 pm
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

I'll give you credit that one had me laughing.  I think you can do better though.  Needs more over the top.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:48 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

I'd like to see lecavalier MAN UP, admit he was wrong for what he did and to publicly apologize to Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins and the NHL for acting like it was his time of the month!  Wink



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:23 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Motto for theBurghRules

Just don't say something stupid, alright?


Should have followed your own Motto!!!




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:22 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Burg rules.. better check yourself before flapping your gums. No life yeah got me there. Posting a stupid comment hummmm lets see Pitt was in 8th place and the Lightning dead last. My little toe knows more about sports then you. Troll back to your moms basement and have a nice day



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:08 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Just curious.  What's your real screen name ?  What team do you really cheer for?  I doubt anyone is stupid enough to not see what your trying to do good buddy.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:39 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Vinney the girl should be suspended.  What does it take for a cheap shot artist to get suspended?  I have lost a lot of respect for vinney lecavaligay.  He is a coward in my book and he should be suspended by Shanahan.  Just because Iserman runs The lightning should not have anything to do with it, but it will.  Shannahan is a JOKE!



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:35 am
 

No discipline for Lecavalier following punch

Milbury and Jones are an embarrassment to the NHL and public broadcasting.  Malkin was clearly ducking to avoid a cheap shot check by Vinney Cheap shot and these 2 clown announcers try and make Malkin out to be the bad guy.  These 2 poor excuses for good NHL analysts should never be allowed to comment on any game again.  Lecavaligay was embarrassed because he missed his check on Malkin and then he went after him and then when Geno was just stareing him down Lecavaligay SUCKER PUNCHED him.  Vinney the coward!  He couldn't carry Malkins jock that's how much of a little punk vinney is.  Shame on Dinglebury and 3rd rate Jones.


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