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Entries with the tag: suspensions
[Updates below— because Pronger is really just “misunderstood” and “the nicest boy”...]
[Video now added at bottom]
Shockingly, the always-wholesome, sweet-natured, Lady Byng -worthy Chris Pronger has been accused of a nefarious act. From TSN:
Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger could face disciplinary action from the National Hockey League after stomping on Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler on Wednesday night.
The incident happened in the opening minute of the second period in Anaheim’s zone after a dump in from the blue line by Canucks defenceman Sami Salo.
Class act, that Pronger. But then, I shouldn’t really comment—the game was on Canucks PPV last night, and being the top-quality broadcast that it is, they provided no video of the incident. Tommy Larscheid had a verbal eruption while witnessing it from the broadcast booth, and then… nothing. But assuming the Ducks broadcast caught this on tape, there’s reason to believe Pronger might be in some trouble for once…
Sources tell TSN that Vancouver Canucks forward Jeff Cowan has been suspended one game for his hit to the head on Detroit’s Derek Meech.
The incident occurred in the first period of the Canucks victory over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
I was watching this game in a bar (shocking, I know) and didn’t actually see the hit in question. Was a suspension warranted? Looking for video…
Update 8:00pm PT: I should note that Cowan was quoted on Sportsnet television last night stating that he himself felt his hit was too high when he looked at it, and took responsibility for that.
Jason Botchford at The Vancouver Province was impressed with the 6-2 win:
The Canucks started Friday’s game like they had just left the set of Pimp My Hockey Team.
Suddenly, all the nagging flaws, the worrisome blemishes and the inadequacies that had them mired in a mediocre start to the season were scrubbed clean.
In their place was a souped-up, turbo-charged team that looked like a sleek sports car—complete with tinted windows and halogen headlights. It was enough to blow the doors off a tired, unmotivated Minnesota Wild team before the Wild even got out of the blocks.
It was a great performance, but now for the not-so-fun stuff: Should someone get suspended? After a night of “pimping” a couple of guys might deserve some jail time.