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by Paul on 04/14/07 at 10:16 AM ET
from the Mercury News,
Looks like Nashville forward Scott Hartnell could be suspended after all - and possibly for two games.
Hartnell received two game misconducts Friday to give him three in this series.
According to NHL Rule 23.3, a player with two game misconduct penalties in the playoffs will be suspended automatically for the next game. Each additional game misconduct results in another game being added to the suspension….
“Colin Campbell is presently looking at the incident at the end of the game and the game misconducts are being reviewed,” said Mike Murphy, the NHL senior vice president of hockey operations.
added 8:45am, also from the Mercury News,
In fact, if the Nashville victory Friday looked familiar, it’s because the Predators followed the same template that Edmonton used to beat the Sharks in last year’s conference semifinals. The Oilers picked off some of the young Sharks players, one by one, with vicious hits that put them out of action - and the Sharks never responded in kind. The strategy was to let Edmonton take penalties and capitalize on the power plays. But when the Oilers proved exceedingly good at killing penalties, the Sharks were sunk.
Until the Sharks do figure it out, opponents are going to repeat the formula. Why wouldn’t they? Wilson, the Sharks’ coach, is not a proponent of claw-hammer hockey. But recognizing how Edmonton had exposed a Shark weakness, the front office supposedly retooled the roster to handle a muck-it-up game if necessary.
added 8:58am, from the Tennessean,
Trotz believed that San Jose forward Ryan Clowe should have been hit with an instigator penalty after he dropped his gloves and approached Scott Hartnell following a face-off with a minute left in the game.
“You watch No. 29 (Clowe) he drops his gloves and goes after Hartnell,’’ Trotz said. “That’s where the fight started. He didn’t end up fighting Hartnell. He ended up fighting Tootoo. But he actually grabbed Hartnell; he instigated, and by the law of the land, if you look at the rules, there should be the possibility of heavy suspensions. That’s where the instigation started.
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