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Shawn Matthias Wants An Explanation

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

After being levelled by a Stephane Robidas elbow to his chin Saturday in Toronto — and struggling to regain his balance and leaving in the second period to be evaluated in the league-mandated quiet room — the Vancouver Canucks winger is trying to regain his stability. And he’s trying to wrap his head around the NHL’s decision not suspend the Maple Leafs defenceman, who only received an elbowing penalty.

Matthias was also levelled by a Mike Ribeiro cornerboards hit to the head on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena, a crushing left arm shot that sent him to the ice and he struggled to regain his balance. The Nashville Predators forward was assessed a minor penalty for a hit to the head. That’s it. Two crushing blows. Not one suspension.

Alex Burrows was suspended three games after a late hit to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin on Oct. 30, even though there was no penalty on the play.

“If we say anything we’re looked upon as complainers,” said Matthias. “I don’t know why that is. I was always taught to get up when you might be hurt. I had may parents in the stands (Toronto) and I’m not going to lay on the ice — I’m going to try and do my best to get up and get to the room. On both hits I got up right away and didn’t say anything to the media after. We were respectful and didn’t say anything out of context, and I don’t know why that would be the case. They were blatant hits to my head and there was no call (suspension). Nothing.

more and you can review both hits below..

Robidas hit...

 

 

Ribeiro hit...

 

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He’s got a point

Posted by George0211 on 12/10/14 at 11:43 AM ET

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hope he behaves tonight

Posted by Rdwings28 on 12/10/14 at 12:21 PM ET

awould's avatar

Robidas should have been suspended for that. It was basically a flying elbow into the face. Ribeiro’s hit wasn’t so bad, probably a penalty was good enough.

Posted by awould on 12/10/14 at 12:23 PM ET

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If Shawn Matthias is reading this, the explanation is that the NHL is a horseshit league that isn’t serious about getting headshots out of the game.

Period.

Posted by Garth on 12/10/14 at 12:25 PM ET

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Not enough guys are getting the message that targeting a guy’s head = risk of serious brain injury.
The league sure isn’t anywhere near determined, let alone consistent enough in sending that message via officiating or supplementary discipline. Honestly, if you got your spot by playing on and often over the line and think it’s your best bet for keeping it, what is a $2,000 fine or a couple games suspension going to do to change your mind? It seems guys have to get to the Cooke or Kaleta level as dangerous, chronic offenders, before the suspensions begin to embarrass their own teams, impact their own rosters and cap situations. The league’s incompetence could affect Mathias’ health long-term. He has a right to speak up.

Posted by Lefty30 on 12/10/14 at 12:34 PM ET

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If Shawn Matthias is reading this, the explanation is that the NHL is a horseshit league that isn’t serious about getting headshots out of the game.

Period.

LOL!
I was going to write a wordy response to this story, but Garth pretty much nailed it.
Great job Garth!

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/10/14 at 01:53 PM ET

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We are right back to where we were when Colin Campbell locked himself in a room, rolled dice, flipped a coin, read tarot cards or whatever the hell he did to come up with the ‘all over the map’ punishments or lack thereof. Consistency doesn’t exist at this point and I have to agree fully with what Garth said.

Posted by pautna on 12/10/14 at 02:58 PM ET

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Consistency doesn’t exist at this point and I have to agree fully with what Garth said.

Posted by pautna on 12/10/14 at 01:58 PM ET

Seems like Shanny was the most consistent one when he did this.

Posted by George0211 on 12/10/14 at 03:02 PM ET

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