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(Nov. 1, 2010) Briere suspended three games by NHL
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11-01-2010, 04:42 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
Seems like Anthony is discounting prior violations. An article on the Delco Times' website:
So, Danny Briere had his confab with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell this morning.
The result, a three-game suspension.
I ask, why?
Look, I know he took a swipe at the back of Franz Nielsen's head with the shaft of his stick on a faceoff. He got the back of Nielsen's helmet and combined with a check from behind by Dan Carcillo, drove Nielsen into the ice.
It's a move I've seen many hockey players perform in the past without suspension.
Is it dirty? Yes. Is it part of the game? Yes.
Was it worthy of a suspension? Yeah, probably. But one game would have sufficed - for the premeditation of the hit. After all, it's not like Nielsen was injured (although after what he did after taking the hit, I would think he dressed up as a turtle for Halloween).
But, Briere got three games.
Now, the converse. New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the crease to get engaged in some of the hub-bub of the same game at least twice, although some will argue he did it three times.
Regardless, all he got was a minor penalty - once. And, after Briere's hit on Nielsen, DiPietro went after him and speared him in the groin with his goalie's stick.
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