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Video- Kris Letang Suspended For One Game

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No idea why video may not play, but go here to watch it directly if you have a problem.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/03/16 at 02:06 PM ET

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Well, at least they acknowledge the fact that Johannson came back.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 02:09 PM ET

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Seems like a fair decision.  I don’t agree that the injury or lack thereof should be a factor at all, but this seemed less egregious than Orpik and Letang has a slightly cleaner history.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/03/16 at 02:19 PM ET

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Meh… I would have preferred 2 games but the league has shown little interest in what I prefer for some time now.

Posted by BobTheZee on 05/03/16 at 02:29 PM ET

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I said this in the other forum but if there’s no injury then there should be no suspension.  Period.  If you have a concussion and don’t think you can play, get off the ice and stay off the ice.  Otherwise, get over it and play.  Basically now the precedent is set so if anyone in this playoffs gets hit even fractionally late, you can just slump on the ice, go through the protocol, and let the department of player safety look at it.  If anyone gets hit late and slumps on the ice now, the league would have to suspend the hitter or look even more inconsistent.  Maatta - legit knocked out.  Johannson - probably faking it to draw the suspension.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 02:32 PM ET

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I can’t understand that mentality.  A hit to the head should always be treated as a hit to the head.  Period.  Injury is irrelevant.  Has to be, otherwise, you’re giving them MORE incentive to fake injuries (which I don’t think is occurring here).  Top pairing defenseman goes high on a second line center?  Of course you sit the forward to take out the defenseman.

If you disconnect punishment from injuries you protect the toughness of the culture without allowing the problematic hits to continue. 

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/03/16 at 02:50 PM ET

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@pMP5030

1) Because there’s been absolutely no problem with too many players trying to
“get over it” and play through concussions, no problem with coaches and training staff
looking the other way? Unless one is “legitimately knocked out” (serious scientific standard, no doubt based on your medical expertise developed watching TV) guys should err in the direction of playing through more head injuries

2) A pro hockey player who was hit at least a little late and bindsided in the head
must obviously be faking it to try and draw a suspension, because his reaction to the hit
and return later in the game did not completely match the results for Maata.

3) intention and history and context - those things should not matter at all, as long as
the recipient of the hit manages by pure chance to avoid the worst consequences of
a clearly dangerous, flagrant hit by a repeat offender - they could still receive an
illegal and late check to the head, just so long as they are not “legitimately knocked out”

Ok, then!

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/03/16 at 02:54 PM ET

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I said this in the other forum but if there’s no injury then there should be no suspension. 

Oh man.  I don’t even know where to start. 

I’m not even going to bother.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/03/16 at 03:08 PM ET

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I for one don’t care about player safety at that level if the players don’t care about their own safety.  If the players didn’t want head shots in the game they wouldn’t make head shots.  But they still take head shots regardless of the punishments, so I don’t care. 

As far as playing injured, he went through the protocol and was cleared.  That’s what its there for.  If you don’t agree with the criteria of the protocol fine, but he was cleared.  If he doesn’t lay limp on the ice and pops back up immediately, you’ve got a 2 min minor for interference, which is exactly what was called.  The DoPS video shows its not a Rule 48 violation.  So he goes off the ice, gets cleared, comes back, and now the league is suspending a guy for an interference call.  Ok.  Then suspend every guy for every interference every time.  That is what they suspended Orpik for right, not the head shot?  But that’s not what is happening.  They’re suspending guys for interference when the result of the interference is a guy laying on the ice, one knocked out and out with a concussion and one not.  Let’s not forget about the time Thornton jumped off the bench during a whistle to sucker punch Brooks Orpik and knock him out, and got 1 game.  By that standard alone, neither hit in this series is worth a suspension.  All this for interference?  RIght. 

If you’re able to play and a call is made on the ice, that is where it should end. 

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 03:08 PM ET

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I for one don’t care about player safety at that level if the players don’t care about their own safety.  If the players didn’t want head shots in the game they wouldn’t make head shots.  But they still take head shots regardless of the punishments, so I don’t care. 

As far as playing injured, he went through the protocol and was cleared.  That’s what its there for.  If you don’t agree with the criteria of the protocol fine, but he was cleared.  If he doesn’t lay limp on the ice and pops back up immediately, you’ve got a 2 min minor for interference, which is exactly what was called.  The DoPS video shows its not a Rule 48 violation.  So he goes off the ice, gets cleared, comes back, and now the league is suspending a guy for an interference call.  Ok.  Then suspend every guy for every interference every time.  That is what they suspended Orpik for right, not the head shot?  But that’s not what is happening.  They’re suspending guys for interference when the result of the interference is a guy laying on the ice, one knocked out and out with a concussion and one not.  Let’s not forget about the time Thornton jumped off the bench during a whistle to sucker punch Brooks Orpik and knock him out, and got 1 game.  By that standard alone, neither hit in this series is worth a suspension.  All this for interference?  RIght.

Trying to figure out if you are trolling or just completely out in the clouds.

Given your joining today and post history, I’d lean towards the first.

 

Posted by neffernin on 05/03/16 at 03:16 PM ET

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What bullshit.  Trotz was right.  I guess the league has to get the Pens as far as possible into the playoffs to showcase them for the next owner.  Luigi was right.  This is a garage league.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/03/16 at 03:19 PM ET

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I said this in the other forum but if there’s no injury then there should be no suspension.

That’s one of the most wrong-headed things I’ve read here in a long time.

And then I read the rest of your comment.

Posted by Garth on 05/03/16 at 03:22 PM ET

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That’s not a troll.  Both suspensions are for interference. The severity of punishment is based on both guys going down. Otherwise it’s Ijust interference. One guy was knocked out.  That got 3. The other guy played the rest of the game. Sorry you have a headache but no reason to suspend a guy for a minor penalty he got called for. Didn’t launch himself and not a rule 48 violation. One game is too much for me.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 03:24 PM ET

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I said this in the other forum but if there’s no injury then there should be no suspension.  Period.

How is this even a thought? It’s 2016 how can we consider things not an issue as long as someone isnt hurt.  The league is trying to remove plays like this from hockey, mainly to protect players (you know the people who entertain us) if the league decides the hit is dirty why does it matter what injury comes out of it.

I know i don’t want to be shot even if i won’t die. I can only assume that will be painful.  And i’d hope that i could press charges even though i’m still alive :(

Posted by Ataris18 from House on 05/03/16 at 03:25 PM ET

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That’s one of the most wrong-headed things I’ve read here in a long time.

And then I read the rest of your comment.

Posted by Garth on 05/03/16 at 04:22 PM ET

Thanks for this! haha

Posted by Ataris18 from House on 05/03/16 at 03:26 PM ET

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You gotta be some fanboy to think like that. If the players want them out of the game they won’t make hits like that. But no in 2016 we are suspending players for interference. No wonder a bunch of guys kicking a ball back and forth for an hour and a half gets better tv ratings.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 03:34 PM ET

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You gotta be some fanboy to think like that. If the players want them out of the game they won’t make hits like that.

So, there are 600+ players in the NHL.

What percentage of them do you think actually make hits like that?

Posted by Garth on 05/03/16 at 03:46 PM ET

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If the players want them out of the game they won’t make hits like that

lolwut

that’s a great twist on collective victim blame

at the risk of possibly going slightly off topic, what are your thoughts on rape

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/03/16 at 04:16 PM ET

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The point is, it’s part of the game. Always have been and continue to be. The discipline by the league is seemingly determined by which way the wind blows.  If a guy isn’t hurt then what are we talking about. Again it’s NOT a rule 48 violation and he didn’t launch himself. He got called for interference. Johannson was not injured and came back and finished the game. So because orpik runs a guy with his forearm a full second late and knocks the guy clean out and gets 3 games, every hit after that is subject to review because johannson flopped to the ice? Where is the logic in this? The only thing I hear is “it’s a headshot”. The league said it wasn’t. He was suspended for being .03 seconds late on a hit. But we’ve gotta protect these guys!  Grown men being paid to play might get injured! Oh no! Gotta get hits 0.63 seconds that don’t hurt anybody out of the game!

Also what type of person compares head shots in the nhl with rape. Get real.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 04:27 PM ET

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If you are giving Letang his .6 seconds, give it to Orpik too.  Orpik was there 1 second after the puck left, Letang .9.  Big deal.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/03/16 at 04:51 PM ET

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Also what type of person compares head shots in the nhl with rape. Get real.

yeah look, i don’t see the need to insult you directly but a consideration of the logical breakdown of your rhetoric, as quoted, was mostly certainly not a comparison of head shots to rape

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/03/16 at 05:01 PM ET

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Letang deserved 1 game and received 1 game.  I am fine with it so long as the NHL continues to deal punishment in the same way throughout the playoffs and in particular this series.  The Capitals have been getting away with a lot in this one and the game Trotz is playing is a dangerous one.  Someone is going to get hurt really bad.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/03/16 at 05:49 PM ET

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“Deserved one game”. For a hit where nobody was injured and was given a 2 min minor. Good thing nobody here is a judge. You’d all be giving 30 year sentences for shoplifting.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 06:54 PM ET

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What bullshit.  Trotz was right.  I guess the league has to get the Pens as far as possible into the playoffs to showcase them for the next owner.  Luigi was right.  This is a garage league.

I knew there was a reason I liked Trotz. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 05/03/16 at 07:13 PM ET

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Hickey definitely getting suspended.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/03/16 at 07:21 PM ET

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does anyone know if cbc streams online during the regular season too?

Posted by mattimeo on 05/03/16 at 08:49 PM ET

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I expected two games because the hit wasn’t as malicious and the Caps dude finished the game. One feels like a slap on the wrist—playoffs or not. But maybe that’s just me. I don’t have a horse in this race. It’ll be interesting to hear Trotz’s reactions though.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/03/16 at 09:13 PM ET

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