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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/02/10 (and an Anti-Cheers for Danny Briere)

Our morning salute to the stars of a night ago, it’s JJ’s Three Cheers for Tuesday, November 2nd:

***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who shut out the reeling New Jersey Devils with 30 saves in the Canucks’ 3-0 win. Luongo bested Team Canada teammate Martin Brodeur, who was beaten on a penalty shot by Henrik Sedin, in fine fashion, to close the door on another loss for New Jersey. (People are realizing that the Devils are 3-9-2 and that Ilya Kovalchuk is averaging a goal every fourth game and a point every other, right? Uuuuuuuuuuugly!)

**Cheers to Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers, who notched a pair of goals to led the Blueshirts to a 3-2 home win over Chicago. Dubinsky tallied late in the first to tie the game for New York and early in the third to give them the brief lead before the clubs exchanged additional goals in short order en route to the 3-2 final. Dubinsky now has seven goals on the season for the Rangers.

*And big time cheers to Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell, whose two goals (his third and fourth of the season) led the way for the Flyers offensively in a 3-2 squeaker over visiting Carolina. More commendable, however, is that Hartnell finally shaved off the Captain Caveman hair, meaning I can actually look in his general direction again.

An anti-cheers is in order today for Hartnell’s Flyer teammate, Danny Briere, who was suspended for three games by the NHL on Monday, after a cross-checking incident Saturday involving Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders. The anti-cheers today is not for the incident itself – we’ve been over that – but for Briere’s reaction to the ruling, clipped here from Frank Seravelli at the Philadelphia Daily News:

Honestly, I’m shocked. I honestly didn’t think I would get more than, after everything else, all of the suspensions that have been handed out the last couple of years and this year, honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get a game. Then I thought, ok yes I am a repeat offender, they’ll probably give me a game because of it. I’m shocked that it was more than a game.

Sorry, Danny, but when you say you’re “shocked” – at all – about an intentional stick to the head, be it a cross-check, or a slash or whatever you want to call it, you’re either lying or clueless. Let’s hope it’s the former.

And, as I mentioned briefly on The Bolts Beat last night, I’m okay with a three-game ban for Briere for the incident in question, though a stiffer punishment (say five, six) wouldn’t have bothered me either, but, if the league is holding him out for that third game because it happens to be against the Islanders, as some have suggested, I do have a problem with that.

Is not the message, then, that you are protecting the offending player?

Surely, you’re not protecting the Isles from rough-and-tumble Danny Briere! That’s laughable.

Let’s just hope “3” just so happened to be where the ol’ Wheel O’ Justice landed, cause whomever the opponent happens to be during a player’s ban shouldn’t matter in the least.

JJ
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Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, danny+briere, frans+nielsen, henrik+sedin, roberto+luongo, scott+hartnell

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