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04-18-2012, 12:19 PM
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Backstrom, or someone in the Capitals org, apparently tried to explain his crosscheck to Peverley's shield by saying he was concerned about getting hit, given his concussion history. Therefore, he was justified keeping his stick high.
Shanahan is a perfect example of why people use euphemisms to defend the indefensible. He's now officially caused a free for all with his inconsistent and flawed adjudication.

It's people like Shanahan that cause word twisting like changing from the Ministry of War to the Ministry of Defense....

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The way Giroux went down just looked too awkward to be a dive. If he wanted to draw a call, all he had to do was go straight down to his knees, holding his head. Not the pirouette almost-fall and wobble-skate back to the bench.
Exactly what I thought. Giroux doesn't seem like the disingenuous type of player who fakes an attempt to stay on his feet.

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04-18-2012, 12:23 PM
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I've rewatched the whole game 4 times now, it was epic. As for that moment, there's no way he was diving. He definitely was feeling the effects of that elbow to the head as he was trying to spin to avoid it. I'm pretty sure there was no "picking up the mouthguard"...

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04-18-2012, 12:28 PM
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I think Shanahan dropped the ball with the Weber call, probably with a mandate from shadowy powers-that-be who want a southern team in a fresh market to be successful.

Otherwise these are pretty fair for playoffs. Couturier didn't miss a shift, and he could have hit him legally in the head with the shoulder but went with the chest. It's plausible.

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04-18-2012, 12:40 PM
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Botching up the Weber call was the start of it all. He can't justify suspending anyone for extended periods of time after he let that one slide. He could have taken a hard approach there and you more than likely wouldn't have seen some of the other crap that has taken place since then. It's essentially become an open season on running star players. What makes is worse, the Weber play wasn't even a hockey play gone bad. It was a total cheap shot reactionary thing. At least with the Neal and Torres hits, he can say they were checks that went overboard.

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04-18-2012, 01:24 PM
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The Evil of Raffi Torres: How Hossa’s stretcher ride unleashed wave of criticism on N

Here is a pretty good piece about our joke "player safety" czar..



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Have the Stanley Cup Playoffs gone off the rails? If so, who's to blame for it? Can the League get them back on track?

James Bisson says the solution is to ban Torres for the rest of the playoffs:

For all the flak Shanahan has taken on the lengths of his suspensions so far in the postseason — an extension of the criticism he received from some circles in the regular season — he has a golden opportunity to send a clear message here. Any suspension less than the remainder of the postseason for Torres would be downright insulting, both to the players — whom the league says it is trying to protect — and to the fans who are getting really, really tired of seeing guys being carted out of the arena.


If Torres plays another playoff game this season, Shanahan will have made his biggest misstep yet.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer takes it to the NHL:

Shanahan said the NHL was "willing to accept Neal's assertion" that he jumped at Couturier "to brace himself for an unintended collision."

Shanahan's decision is supposed to be based on WHAT HAPPENED, not on what the player DIDN'T INTEND TO HAPPEN. It should also be noted that Neal was fined once this season and received two warnings for incidents _ and that he was suspended three years ago for a check from behind.

From here, the run at Couturier was much worse than the one at Giroux.

From here, if Shanahan used a dart board, his decisions would make as much sense.

His most grievous post-season error was not suspending Nashville's Shea Weber for slamming the head of Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg's into the glass.

He slapped the all-star defenseman on the wrist with a $2,500 fine. The decision on Neal just re-affirmed this: Shanahan is a master at inconsistent rulings.


Lynn Zinser of the NY Times completes the hat trick:

Even for Bettman, who set new lows in his spectacular show of denial in response to the state of Derek Boogaard's brain after he died of a drug overdose last summer, this was ludicrous. It also followed another head-scratching day in N.H.L. justice, when the Brendan Shanahan comedy hour produced four videos describing four player suspensions he was handing down as director of "player safety." (Yes, those words should be in quote marks until anyone in the league office shows they care one whit about the safety of their players.) If you can follow the logic through those four — particularly how the Penguins' James Neal earned only a one-game suspension for head-hunting two players on a single shift — you belong at M.I.T. Or Shanahan's next dinner party.


Damien Cox of The Star puts some of the blame on the officiating:

The officiating hasn't just been bad in recent days. It's been negligent and sometimes weirdly absent.

There was Ryan Clowe playing the puck from the bench in the final days of the season without any official knowing. There was an obvious offside goal for Philly to start a comeback in Game 1 against Pittsburgh. Last night, Nashville's David Legwand closed his hand on the puck in the crease and no official saw it, and then came the hit on Hossa, a blatantly illegal play that went uncalled as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sat in the stands at the United Centre.

"I can't believe four guys missed it," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.

(In true Cox fashion, he also wrote that "the NHL has constantly found itself with tiny TV ratings and revenue in the U.S. below sports like bowling because it has consistently failed to produce a package in which skill is featured ahead of goons and blood", a statement so factually unfounded and fanciful that it's one unicorn away from a complete fairy tale.)


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04-18-2012, 01:42 PM
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Any head shot, via shoulder, elbow, whatever, should be 10 games, automatic, star or 4th liner. It made people stop leaving the bench to fight, it'll stop these hits. You have to think Matt Cooke is under some sort of double secret probation and knows if he does it one more time he's screwed. It worked for sociopath, it should work for everyone else.

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Here is a pretty good piece about our joke "player safety" czar..
Carchidi's piece would have been even better had he pulled out the Wheel of Justice.

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pretty much everyone without his team glasses must agree Shannahan has not a double-meter, but a tripple-metter!.
Too bad...

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A skater like Claude Giroux falling down while picking up his mouthguard? I am skeptical.

Pens fans are idiots BUT I have seen Flyers fans right here on this board call that kind of thing "diving" or "embellishing".

You may be right about the shifts though, not sure Giroux got on ice after that, it was later than I thought.

That's what it looked like to me. He was kind of off balance from the hit it seemed. Then reaching down probably put him off balance even more. I can't see how anyone,Flyers/Pens fan or not,could say he was embellishing it. He certainly wasn't.

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Any head shot, via shoulder, elbow, whatever, should be 10 games, automatic, star or 4th liner. It made people stop leaving the bench to fight, it'll stop these hits. You have to think Matt Cooke is under some sort of double secret probation and knows if he does it one more time he's screwed. It worked for sociopath, it should work for everyone else.
I agree with this.

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