How Alexander Ovechkin Won the Stanley Cup

Alexander Ovechkin has won the Stanley Cup. It was a necessary step in this man’s career, in his life. Never in recent memory has any player in any sport needed a championship so badly to prove himself, and it showed in the way he treasured lifting it.  I myself have been critical of Ovechkin, although … Continue reading How Alexander Ovechkin Won the Stanley Cup

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McNabb Suspension Impossible

Brayden Mcnabb of the Vegas Golden Knights has been on the business end of a few questionable (aka dirty but for some reason acceptable) hits in the Stanley Cup Final. His latest came late in Game Four, a backbreaking 6-2 loss.  McNabb was in his defensive end when he saw Washington’s T.J. Oshie with the … Continue reading McNabb Suspension Impossible

Cross Checking Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Back in January 2018, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings cross checked Pittsburgh Penguin Justin Schultz and was ejected with a 5:00 major penalty and a game misconduct. The NHL's Department of Player Safety decided to only give Brown a fine. In my analysis of the incident I said "The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has … Continue reading Cross Checking Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Washington Capitals Playing A Questionably Physical Style

The Washington Capitals have a bad habit in the playoffs. I’m not talking about the general Capitals franchise playoff habit of choking in game sevens. I’m talking about this specific 2017-18 Washington Capitals team and the habit this 2018 playoff season of launching into hits. The most notable incident is of course the Tom Wilson … Continue reading Washington Capitals Playing A Questionably Physical Style

Stralman Won’t Be Suspended; Not As Surprising As You Might Think

I’m having a hard time believing Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t being suspended for his boarding penalty on Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals.  https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/996549983741595648?s=21 It was a gift to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to put the rumours to rest that they in fact are not biased toward Tom Wilson. … Continue reading Stralman Won’t Be Suspended; Not As Surprising As You Might Think

Kadri Suspension Huge Step for Department of Player Safety

Nazem Kadri was handed a three game suspension by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his disgrace to the sport hit on Boston’s Tommy Wingels. I for one couldn’t be happier, and I have four reasons for that. https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/984943034726051840 1)I thought Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings being suspended one game for his … Continue reading Kadri Suspension Huge Step for Department of Player Safety

Would A Stanley Cup Change Anything For Alexander Ovechkin?

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals clinched a third straight Metropolitan Division title with a 3-1 win over their playoff nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins. With that, the Great Eight debate: 1000 games and 603 goals later, if he never wins a Stanley Cup, does anything else matter? The short answer is yes, of course it matters. … Continue reading Would A Stanley Cup Change Anything For Alexander Ovechkin?

Dustin Brown Suspended One Game For Kneeing

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings has been suspended one game for kneeing Tampa Bay’s Michail Sergachev, and the suspension couldn’t be more puzzling to me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m definitely fine with the suspension. On the other hand, this seemed like kind of a standard crime that usually goes relatively unpunished. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wPOZe0E8NPgContinue reading Dustin Brown Suspended One Game For Kneeing

Burrows 10 Game Suspension Isn’t Harsh

Alex Burrows of the Ottawa Senators will miss 10 games for his extreme overreaction to a check from Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils. https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/961406981243396096 There's so many important things to take away from this incident it's hard to know where to start. There's the opinion points that always seem to come into play when we talk … Continue reading Burrows 10 Game Suspension Isn’t Harsh

Goaltender Interference Problems Persist

Since the All Star break, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has asked officials to be less picky about goaltender interference calls. Reviews were getting out of hand and it was decided to stop looking for reasons to disallow goals and only change the call on the ice for something truly egregious. With the extra attention now … Continue reading Goaltender Interference Problems Persist