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10-30-2011, 10:27 AM
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I'll say 8 games. It's a late hit, head shot, targeted the head, on the NHL's longest serving Captain in a defenseless position. Wolski is also a floater so for him to do that is a chicken-**** move and Shannahan hates that kind of stuff and will punish him for it.
And Konopka will get 1 or Zero games because his hit was on the side and he took a 5 minute major. It wasn't dirty like Wolski's was.
The hit on Alfie will bring a suspension, the number of games will determine how serious the NHL is about headshots, specially on unsuspecting or defenseless players.
However it is interesting to read the rules on the penalty assessed on the play.
Rule 48 - Illegal Check to the Head
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
48.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for this rule
48.3 Major Penalty - For a violation of this rule, a major penalty shall be assessed (see 48.4).
48.4 Game Misconduct – An automatic game misconduct penalty shall be assessed whenever a major penalty is assessed under this rule.
48.5 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.
48.6 Fines and Suspensions – Any player who incurs a total of two (2) game misconducts under this rule, in either regular League or playoff games, shall be suspended automatically for the next game his team plays. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game.
Leaves the question about what rule the referees were using to call only a minor penalty for this infraction.
In the Konopka case, there be shouldn't be additional punishment.
However Shanahan should be looking into why a player lay on the ice for over a minute, the result of a check that was deemed by the referee to fit rules:
41.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.
41.3 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player guilty of boarding an opponent (see 41.5).
41.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
Yet the player wasn't sent to the team's quiet room according to NHL protocol and was back on the ice one shift later. Therefore no injury resulted from this play and obviously the referee was duped into making this call.
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