And in the 70s you could do that... in the 10s, you cannot. Especially not around the head.
Is it sad that my first thought was... 1910?
Anyway. I feel that everyone got what they deserved. Neilson got a stick in the face/back of the head. Danny got a 3 game suspension. Don't get me wrong I'm not condoning the act in any way. I hope that in the future Briere can control his emotions a little better. What he did was incredibly selfish, unprofessional, and cowardly. This is why there is fighting in hockey.
Because career ending concussions that result from a single punch happen all the time? The most devastating punch I can recall was Fedoruk getting his face broken, and that was from a true heavyweight. It is HIGHLY unlikely that Frans Neilsen, and most players, are capable of doing that.
It is also why I said he should be the one to get in the rabbit punches first if he's that mad. I'm not saying square off with a bigger guy, remove the gloves and helmet a la Richards vs Cooke the other night; that would not turn out very well. Pull a Carcillo versus that Washington guy (the name escapes me at the moment....Campbell?), and throw before he's fully ready. Yea, it's kinda dirty, but not as bad as using your stick as a weapon. Far less girly as well.
And Gaborik had no intentions of fighting? Gaborik was the one that dropped the gloves first. Carcillo was the one that was caught by surprise with a "Holy crap, did he really drop his gloves?" look on his face. He then proceeded to beat him.
Is there really anything that makes sucker punching a guy better than smacking him a little bit with your stick? What Carcillo did was a lot more dangerous than Briere's play from the other night
Total crap. And if Briere dropped his gloves and the guy got in one shot while he was waiting for his teammates to jump in and suffered a career ending concussion?
Gaborik? He had no intention of fighting - and he was the most surprised guy in the building when none of his teammates jumped in.
We'll have to agree to disagree then.
Nielsen shot off his yap. Briere shut it. Worth the three games for the lesson it will teach others.
Yea, and what if while Briere is falling to the ice he lands on a stick, which then flys into the stands and spears a child killing him/her. Not any child either, but a child that was destined to cure cancer and various other diseases. Ultimately killing millions to billions of people over the span of the next 20-30 years.
RT @AnthonySan37: Briere was livid about the suspension. He had a lot to say on the subject too. Stay tuned.
Originally Posted by Jester
They probably should have just tossed both of 'em when they started jawing before the draw... and given all the crap that was going on, dropping 10 minute misconducts was perfectly within reason for the refs in order to just get through the game without more shenanigans... as there were immediately off the draw.
So, no, not joking.
Yes, I agree.
If it's 0-0 in the 1st period then no, probably not.
If it's 6-1 in the last period, then yes absolutely.
That's why they the give referees the leeway to give 10-minute misconducts when people are out looking for trouble late in a game.
The between period segment put across exactly what I've been saying the whole time. All he did was shove him with his right hand which was still holding the stick, and the replay from that one angle clearly shows it.
“Honestly, I’m shocked; after all the suspensions the last couple years or this year,” Briere said on Monday night. “I’m a repeat offender, so I’m shocked that it was more than a game.”
Replays confirm what Briere said to reporters that his glove came over top Nielsen’s helmet on the swing after the faceoff. The stick did not touch Nielsen.
“I made a mistake, my stick was up, I’m the first one to admit it,” Briere said. “It shouldn’t have been there. After what he said on the faceoff, all I was thinking was that I had to protect myself after what happened to [Andrej] Meszaros, what happened with Trevor Gillies on [Braydon] Coburn.
“If you see the faceoff before [this incident], he gets me in a headlock, punches me behind the head. What I am disappointed on is that [the league] tries to spin it as a crosscheck to the head.
“If you look at the replay, it’s clearly not a crosscheck which is two hands moving forward. It’s a push with one hand. The mistake I made is my stick was up there. Is it worth three games for that? I don’t think so.
“And on top of that, I missed him. I didn’t even get him ... My glove grazed the top of his helmet, not my stick.”
Briere complained that there are far worse violations – legit head shots. He mentioned Niklas Hjalmarsson’s hit to Jason Pominville that earned the former two games and left Pominville with a concussion.
“Then you have [Matt] Cooke on [Marc] Savard who has already lost a lot of time and that’s why I was shocked that it was more than a game,” Briere said.
i understand the emphasis on head injuries, but you really shouldn't be allowed to take paul bunyan hacks at an opponent's ankles with the only punishment being two minutes in the box (sean avery). not to mention all the other head shots that the league punishes less harshly than this.
Flyers forward Danny Briere met with the media on Monday before missing the first game of his 3-game suspension, which was handed down by the NHL earlier in the day.
Briere was none too pleased with the outcome of his hearing.
Here's a transcript of his thoughts:
Q: Where you surprised by the decision of the league?
"More shocked. I think surprised is not strong enough. Honestly, I'm shocked. I honestly didn't think I would get more than, after everything else, all of the suspensions that have been handed out the last couple of years and this year, honestly, I didn't think I was going to get a game. Then I thought, ok yes I am a repeat offender, they'll probably give me a game because of it. I'm shocked that it was more than a game."
Q: When you look at it, Danny, do you think you got 3 games because the third game was against the Islanders again?
"I mean it's possible. But, what am I going to do? Am I going to fight their whole team? I've had, what, 2 or 3 fights in my life, in my career. It's not like I'm going to do anything physical, even if I play against the Islanders, if that's what they were thinking. I don't know; it's possible."