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No Discipline For Zetterberg

Earlier this morning I asked Darren Dreger of TSN about any update on Henrik Zetterberg.

He just responded via Twitter,

@kuklaskorner. There will be no sup discipline. View is there was no intended shove.

If you missed the hit, you can watch it at The Malik Report.

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Primis's avatar

And thus concludes today’s edition of “Obvious NHL Rulings”....

Posted by Primis on 01/22/12 at 01:48 PM ET

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Agree.

Awkward play but not suspension-worthy.

Z sat out the balance of the game, but even that was questionable.
However, as the rules are now, that “penalty” was sufficient.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/22/12 at 01:50 PM ET

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Pretty apparent the injury had something to do with the call of five and a game.

Whether that should figure into the call is a different issue.  Personally, I don’t have a big problem with it.

Posted by Denver Wings on 01/22/12 at 02:19 PM ET

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What a joke! There was a push, that’s for sure. The player was in an awkward position and because of the push he fell into the boards.

Furthermore There was NO REASON for Z to push the opponent except he wanted him to shove into the boards.

The no-suspension is VERY DISAPPOINTING. The fact is that there was a push and the player is severly injured. That must lead to a suspension. Period!

Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 02:27 PM ET

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Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 12:27 PM ET

Five minute major for instigation!

Posted by SK77 on 01/22/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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Oh,,,those darn sneaky redwings and their European bullies. They get away with everything.

Just like that time Holmstrom got Pronger suspended by putting his head in the way of Pronger’s elbow.

Justice I say!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/12 at 03:15 PM ET

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The no-suspension is VERY DISAPPOINTING. The fact is that there was a push and the player is severly injured. That must lead to a suspension. Period!

Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 12:27 PM ET

Prove a distinct pushing motion and you have an argument that people will listen to.

Otherwise, people will just ignore you.

Since everything else in the NHL is decided by a “distinct X motion”, I and others need conclusive proof of a distinct pushing motion, since there was no other check.

Maybe the lesson here is that Nikitin needs to be more careful skating into the corners… video seems to indicate he would have gone down just as awkwardly if Hank hadn’t even been there.

Posted by Primis on 01/22/12 at 03:27 PM ET

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Prove a distinct pushing motion and you have an argument that people will listen to.

That’s like saying: “Prove that Matt Cooke skated with the elbow up into the opponent’s chin and not the other player skating into Matt Cooke’s elbow”.

Z’s hands don’t belong on his opponent’s ass. Period!

Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 03:46 PM ET

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Z’s hands don’t belong on his opponent’s ass. Period!

Your right Joe, Zetterberg is a married man.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/12 at 04:03 PM ET

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Z’s hands don’t belong on his opponent’s ass. Period!

Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 01:46 PM ET

Watch any NHL game and count how often that same play happens. You put your hand there to let him know you’re there and to properly set the distance. If Andrew Ference had put his hand on Ryan McDonagh yesterday afternoon when he crushed him into the boards, he might not be looking at a suspension today.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 04:10 PM ET

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Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 01:46 PM ET

Fail troll is fail.  Doesn’t even have the balls to post from an account.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 01/22/12 at 05:01 PM ET

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Yeah, this was an easy call for the NHL.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 01/22/12 at 05:03 PM ET

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consistency.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/22/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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consistency.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/22/12 at 03:23 PM ET

Thank you, that’s exactly what it was… consistent with the rules.

Posted by calquake on 01/22/12 at 05:26 PM ET

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That’s like saying: “Prove that Matt Cooke skated with the elbow up into the opponent’s chin and not the other player skating into Matt Cooke’s elbow”.

Z’s hands don’t belong on his opponent’s ass. Period!

Posted by Joe on 01/22/12 at 01:46 PM ET

That really the best you can do?

You’re out of your league here… go drink some more and cheer at a Central League game or something.  That’s where this type of talk and nonsense belongs.

Posted by Primis on 01/22/12 at 06:22 PM ET

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no distinct pushing motion.. rested his hand on the lower back for reasons JJ already mentioned and it’s a COMMON and SAFE hockey play, again for reasons JJ mentioned.  Regardless if Z had a history or not, video replay doesn’t lie.. look at the fact there is NO FOLLOW THROUGH when Nikitin blows a tire.. if Z would have pushed him then really Nikitin should have went head first.. he cut his stopping angle too hard being too aggressive skating into the corner and went in feet first. 

What’s with all the trolls lately?  Does it make sense to come into a thread about a team you don’t like and allegedly don’t follow and talk about how biased we are?  That made sense to you as you were typing it?  Judas priest.

I think the major and match penalty were right given the circumstance, however.  If not solely for how it appeared at full speed.  Good to see Z not throwing blame around like some other players we’ve seen this year.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/12 at 07:28 PM ET

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If this “hit” was not worth a suspension, it was not worth a major penalty, let alone a game misconduct.  The Columbus kid was falling down account he blew a tire.  He was in an awkward position on his own with no help from Zetterberg.  The more I look at this, the more I believe that there was not even a minor penalty there.  Overreaction from the referees, for sure.

And this Joe character, whoever he is, know less than nothing about hockey.  He should go back to watching miniature golf.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/22/12 at 09:12 PM ET

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I personally think that the call on the ice was correct for the game, even though the contact was minimal. However, that being said, a hand on someone and lightly pushing does happen, those who are angry at Shanny for not making the call should also expect themselves to expect discipline anytime a player even touches someone going into the boards. It is the same matter of principle to me.

Posted by Jasper on 01/22/12 at 10:19 PM ET

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Overreaction from the referees, for sure.

I don’t think so.  At full speed that definitely looks like a dangerous hit.  In my opinion they were right to penalize him and the league was right to not suspend him.  We could discuss the misconduct all we want, but again, at full speed that’s a dangerous hit so I don’t fault them at all for the misconuct personally.

Posted by Garth on 01/23/12 at 11:20 AM ET

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My major points of reflection are this:

1.  Zetterberg should have been more careful.  Obviously that wasn’t what he intended to happen, but he was justly penalized for his carelessness.

2.  Nikitin shouldn’t be so worried about playing puck next time he heads into the boards.  You can still get the touch on the puck in that situation without setting yourself up to get smeared.  If he had gone into the boards with his skates together, instead of spayed apart, the boards would have absorbed the impact without injury.

3.  Zetterberg should be allowed to bear hug Nikitin into the boards in that situation without getting penalized.  If that had been permissible, both players skate away from the play unharmed.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/23/12 at 02:31 PM ET

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