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Shaw - 3 Game Suspension

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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mrfluffy's avatar

It’ll almost be worth not advancing in the playoffs…if this crap that has gone on in the first round continues on in the later rounds…the teams that make it all the way will have ECHLers playing to ice a full roster.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/17/12 at 05:07 PM ET

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You missed Carkner defending Karlsson from the rabbit punches he took from Boyle to the face the game prior. Grab a guy and just start throwing punches that’s okay even if down on the ice and prone. I am actually shocked that a fourth liner like Carkner didn’t get Simonized with a 5 game suspension. So it may not always be about the star treatment. By being consistently inconsistent the NHL has a rainbow of precedents to select from when making any decision.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/17/12 at 05:39 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

well, you are close mrfluffy. I think its more to the tune of “when the league has weeded out” who they dont want in the forward rounds.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/17/12 at 06:25 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Spot on Vinny.

Posted by wolverine on 04/17/12 at 07:00 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

good stuff eh

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 04/17/12 at 07:11 PM ET

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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.

The problem is Shaw could not fit between the goalie and the boards.
He recklessly went full speed into a space occupied by a player he could not legaly make contact with.  The only possible outcome from his play was a collision.

Posted by jwad on 04/17/12 at 08:10 PM ET

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Shaw’s not a star, Weber is.  Case closed.  Switch the infractions around.  Weber does what Shaw did, Shaw does what Weber did.  Probably looking at 1 to 2 games for Shaw and still just a $2500 fine for Weber.  Absolute horsesheet.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/17/12 at 08:37 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

This seemed less malicious than what Lucic did to Ryan Miller earlier in the year. That incident went COMPLETELY unpunished and was during the regular season.

Absolute insanity.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/17/12 at 10:40 PM ET

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