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Doughty Suspension First of 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas Golden Knights player William Carrier.  The Player Safety explanation video claims Doughty made initial contact with Carrier’s arm but the main point of contact was the head. This much is true. The reason … Continue reading Doughty Suspension First of 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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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?

Hartnell Incident A Product Of Boarding Rule

A stretcher was rolled onto the ice in Nashville, a potentially seriously injured player was wheeled off, and the public gallows were being prepared for the offender before the ambulance doors could even close. The offender in this case: Nashville Predator Scott Hartnell. Hartnell has a bit of a reputation for questionable choices and I … Continue reading Hartnell Incident A Product Of Boarding Rule

Historical Tough Call: Messier Erases Modano

The NHL’s game altering Rule 48 (banning avoidable head contact) was famously pushed for after a really bad incident against Boston’s Marc Savard on March 7, 2010. Way back On February 26, 1994, Mark Messier of the New York Rangers gave a free lesson on why this rule was long overdue. Dallas Star legend Mike … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Messier Erases Modano

Historical Tough Call: Kovalev’s Seven Minute Shift

The more time that passes since Mike Keenan last stood behind an NHL bench, the more my appreciation grows for some of the things he did. During his era he seemed a bit, extreme, shall we say. Looking back on it now, I think we could use a lot more coaches like him today. On … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Kovalev’s Seven Minute Shift

Historical Tough Call: Matt Duchene Offside Goal

On February 18, 2013, the NHL’s coach’s challenge for offside became an inevitable certainty. Matt Duchene was so far ahead of the puck he was like Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes. Everyone else on the ice had pretty much already lined up for the faceoff. Duchene ended up scoring on the play to put the … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Matt Duchene Offside Goal

Bowey Fined For Interference

Madison Bowey of the Washington Capitals got a little revenge on Winnipeg’s Matt Hendricks. This cold dish of interference ended up coming at the discount price of only $1,890.68, the ridiculously precise maximum allowable amount under the current CBA. I used to be angry at the cries of Andrew Cogliano supporters. You might remember he … Continue reading Bowey Fined For Interference

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