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Video: Clarkson soars into Dubinsky for charging

Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:35 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 10:28 am

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils game on Monday was exactly what you thought it would be. It was physical, "chippy" and low scoring. That chippiness was particularly evident.

One of the fights in the game, a quick tilt between David Clarkson of the Devils and Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers was set off by Clarkson's charge into Dubinski.

Well, technically it was a charge but it was more like a leaping elbow. Perhaps Clarkson was trying to audition for next year's dunk contest with this one, the NBA could use a fresh take.

Now I haven't been right on very many of these lately, I admit I'm beginning to get lost on what's OK and what's not, but this one has to be deserving of a review from the league, doesn't it?

This is a classic case of intent vs. result. It might not draw a whole lot of attention because it didn't harm Dubinsky on the play. There was very little actual contact. But man oh man it would be nearly impossible to believe that there was no intention from Clarkson.

I've never been comfortable in the process of punishing guys based on what they say their intent is. But sometimes it's so obvious what the intent is that it can't be ignored. He leaped about a foot off the ice and came with an elbow flying high. What else could he be trying to do there?

I fear this doesn't get a second look from the league because of the lack of injury. But there's no place for that, I don't care if he connected or not. Clarkson obviously tried.

What do you think, will Clarkson's hit be reviewed by the league? Should it? Those are obviously not the same question.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:55 am

Video: Clarkson soars into Dubinsky for charging

I'd bet money Shanahan doesn't suspend him, heck I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't officially review it. 

Don't get me wrong, I think based on the "new" rules he should be suspended.  But unless I missed something Dubinsky never even fell down, let alone get hurt.  And considering how the end result of the play is a huge factor in the NHL's decision making process, I'll be surprised if he's even fined let alone suspended 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:22 pm

Video: Clarkson soars into Dubinsky for charging

It's too bad that was part of a hockey game on tv.   I wonder how many casual fans just shook their head at the tv.   Stupid, Clarkson should get suspended for making the league look ridiculous.   Glad nobody was injured.

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