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Video- Jordan Staal Receives A Match Penalty

For this punch on Brandon Prust.

A match penalty calls for an automatic suspension until the commissioner rules on the play.

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  Tags: brandon+prust, jordan+staal

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mmuskrat's avatar

Dirty play by Staal, but Prust was sort of asking for it.  Not sure who to side with - my former London Knight, or the Dutch CRC boy?

Posted by mmuskrat on 02/02/11 at 01:36 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

Prust tries to take off Kennedy’s head then throws an elbow at Staal and Staal’s the one sent for a match penalty? I just don’t understand the refereeing in the NHL anymore.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/02/11 at 01:38 AM ET

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I was shocked to see Staal do this.  He normally keeps a level head during this type of thing.  It keeps up a disturbing trend of Penguins taking dumb penalties by retaliating on clean hits.  The only thing I can think is that he thought the hit on Kennedy was a blindside hit, but it’s unfortunate. 

Anyway, it was a dirty play and he should get at least a game.  However, the NHL will probably not give him a game and just fine him, partially because Staal really has no history.  Then everyone will miss the issue entirely and blame it on Pens favoritism instead of NHL incompetence.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/02/11 at 01:39 AM ET

Tony's avatar

Dirty play, are you frickin’ kidding me ??

That was a horrible embellishment by Prust… If you want to give Staal a roughing minor, or hell, a double minor, fine….. But then give Prust for unsportsmanlike conduct…..

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/02/11 at 01:42 AM ET

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Tony, I don’t care if Prust embellished or not.  It’s a stupid play by Staal regardless.  Was the game misconduct a bit much?  Probably, however, you don’t throw a punch at someones with the glove on like that.  The bigger issue is the fact that you, once again, have a Penguin sticking up for a teammate after a clean hit and taking a dumb penalty.  If Staal doesn’t do that, he doesn’t put the Pens in a bad situation.  It was just a stupid play by Staal and he deserved whatever he got.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/02/11 at 01:51 AM ET

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Oh, I agree with that… Foolish, no doubt…..

But Prust swung around like the insurance man in Groundhog Day after Bill Murray clocked him….

And after a glove punch ??  Give me a frickin’ break….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/02/11 at 01:54 AM ET

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Yes It was Stupid By Staal ! But a Match Penalty ? Refs are just horrible

Posted by Evilpens on 02/02/11 at 01:55 AM ET

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Oh I know Tony.  It was a good acting job.  Oh well.  They got the win and that’s all that matters.  I’m just ticked off about the dumb penalties they keep on taking on stuff like this.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/02/11 at 02:02 AM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

As Joe Rogan would say, “he hit him right on the button!”

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 02/02/11 at 02:03 AM ET

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I missed the play live and came back with 5 minutes on the board; I was shocked at how weak the call was on replay.  Two minutes for roughing maybe, I don’t think Prust fights Engelland only to get KO’d by one swing from Stall.  Much worse stuff goes unpenalized in your average post-whistle hockey scrum.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/02/11 at 02:07 AM ET

Osrt's avatar

Prust was running around before and after that moment. Staal choose the right guy to knock out, just not the right way to do it.

Posted by Osrt on 02/02/11 at 02:33 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Dive.

That was a love tap by Staal. I’ve seen harder punches in beer league.

Easy mistake for the refs to make with the Prust snow job. They will (rightfully) punish him for that.

I predict no discipline (at least for Staal) from the league.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 02/02/11 at 03:02 AM ET

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Prust sold that punch like Rick Flair.

Like someone else said, I don’t think it’s likely that Prust can eat bombs by Engelland but get one-punched by a Staal brother.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/02/11 at 06:31 AM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

But Prust swung around like the insurance man in Groundhog Day after Bill Murray clocked him….

Appropriate analogy, haha.

I wouldn’t say it was “stupid” as much as it was reactionary by Staal.  If I got elbowed in the mouth, I’m sure I’d react the same way.  Couldn’t believe he got 5 and a match…terrible call.

Prust seems like a punk to me.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 02/02/11 at 10:35 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Lots of excuse-making here, but regardless of Prust’s elbow and regardless of Prusts’ dive, people have been suspended for throwing sucker punches and that’s exactly what Staal did.

Fine Prust for being a dirty shit here and let Staal sit for a game.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/11 at 11:18 AM ET

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i was surprised it was Staal.  He never does stuff like that.  Good for him, i always wanted him to be a little on the dirty side rather the lady bing side of things.  If he had that nasty edge, he would be just that much better a player.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/02/11 at 12:45 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Maybe he misread the memo that he’d have to pick up the slack for an injured Malkin.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/02/11 at 01:30 PM ET

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UPDATE:  Per TSN:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal received a match penalty on Tuesday for a sucker-punch on Rangers forward Brandon Prust, meaning Staal is automatically suspended for one game.

The league decided on Tuesday that no further action will be taken regarding the incident.

The NHL had reserved the right to rescind the match penalty if they found reason to, or otherwise could have fined Staal if they chose.

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/02/11 at 02:49 PM ET

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CORRECTION:  Again, from TSN:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal received no supplementary discipline on Wednesday after he was assessed a match penalty for a sucker-punch on Rangers forward Brandon Prust during Tuesday’s game.

The league decided on Wednesday that no further action will be taken regarding the incident. An automatic one-game suspension applies when a player is given a match penalty, but the league chose to rescind the ban.

The NHL reserves the right to rescind a match penalty if they find reason to, or otherwise could have fined Staal if they chose.

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/02/11 at 03:06 PM ET

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Pens fans identifying an embellishment, flop or dive?

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 02/02/11 at 03:39 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The non-suspension is horseshit. 

This is the fourth of a line of similar incidents.

Lucic sucker-punch (the worst of the bunch): ZERO games
Shelley sucker-punch (premeditated,  over a linesman’s arm as he holds the victim): two games
Ben Eager sucker-punch (heat of the moment, stupid play): four games
Jordan Staal sucker-punch (heat of the moment, stupid play): ZERO games (except for the remainder of the game in which he got the match penalty)

Staal might get benefit of the doubt for no suspension history, but none of this makes sense.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/11 at 03:49 PM ET

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Staal might get benefit of the doubt for no suspension history, but none of this makes sense.

I disagree.  The reason he was given the penalty he was given in the first place was because nobody saw the elbow he took to the face.  The elbow changes the context and I’m not surprised at all that he didn’t get a suspension and I personally think it was the right move.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/11 at 04:05 PM ET

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