by Vince Maranto on 04/17/12 at 05:00 PM ET
So the NHL finally made up it’s mind, hours before game time, and handed Andrew Shaw a 3 game suspension.
This came after the collision with Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Smith remained in the game, and finished it. It’s as simple as this with with NHL, they want to make a statement as long as it is not a marquee player. The inconsistencies through out the last couple of weeks are mind boggling.
Shaw did not target or go after the goalie. Could he have done more to avoid contact, probably. The head to head contact came when Smith turned his head, behind the net, with the puck. Shaw was going BETWEEN the goalie and the boards when this occurred. This to me is NOT intent to injure.
Weber grabs a guy by the back of the head and smashes his head TWICE into the glass and gets a $2500 slap on the wrist. How much more INTENT to injure do you need? The difference is an All Star vs. a checking line winger. Enough said. Just show some consistency here, NHL, to every one. I know that stars of game get preferential treatment. It’s like that in every sport but this is ridiculous.
Paul posted the Shanahan video for those who have not seen it yet.
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