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09-23-2013, 12:30 PM
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Calling Kessel's stickwork at the end of the fisticuffs a 'spear' attributes too much violence to it. He poked Scott to provoke, and that's how Shanahan should look at it. I went to the video expecting Kessel to go Braveheart on Scott.

10 games for Clarkson is an easy decision; it's black and white in the rule books and Randy Carlyle described jumping onto the ice as a mistake on Clarkson's part. Kessel's suspension will be interesting: 2 swings with the stick and the fire-poking when things were settling down should warrant ~4 games, IMHO. Maybe Kessel could claim he was swinging his stick to clean the ice after wetting himself upon seeing Scott coming at him.

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