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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Fuchin joke…

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/05/13 at 06:54 PM ET

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The media make it easy for shanahan to suspend these guys.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/05/13 at 06:55 PM ET

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You can’t hit a guy with his head down these days.
So is big Bert playing with Datsyuk and Zett?

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/05/13 at 06:59 PM ET

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down the drain of pussification we go.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 05/05/13 at 07:04 PM ET

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Somewhere Dustin Brown’s laughing.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/05/13 at 07:05 PM ET

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Not surprised but it is still bogus.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/05/13 at 07:05 PM ET

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Stunned. The punishment given during the game was enough. Move on.  abdelkader isn’t exactly Gaborik and he’s on the 1st line.  Not like our offense drops off or anything.

Posted by DAN M on 05/05/13 at 07:08 PM ET

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Suspension video added to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/05/13 at 07:09 PM ET

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Completely biased, I get that, but I feel like every shanny video seems to at least explain the thought process. This just tells me he got suspended for charging which apparently is a two game suspension instead of a two minute penalty.

I’m not surprised he got this I guess but it seems like that’s just the “standard” for a big hit now instead of actually picking a punishment for exactly what happened. The other two game suspension and this just don’t seem comparable to me, but I’m a wings fan so I’m supposed to say that.

Posted by peiz11 from Minneapolis on 05/05/13 at 07:14 PM ET

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Official NHL Release…

NEW YORK (May 5, 2013)—Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended for two games for charging Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman during Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in Detroit on Saturday, May 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:11 of the second period. Abdelkader was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/05/13 at 07:15 PM ET

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At the very most a game but 2?  Its not like Detroit didn’t pay dearly enough for that hit already…

Posted by neffernin on 05/05/13 at 07:15 PM ET

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Clearly Shanny was the victim of too many checks to the head.

Posted by Savage Henry on 05/05/13 at 07:17 PM ET

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Its the injuries no one notices that enrage me 100 times more than what abby did. Like breaking a rookies thumb, or franzens torn ACL.  Done by the ducks and hawks respectively. 2 disgraceful franchises.

Posted by DAN M on 05/05/13 at 07:17 PM ET

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How far does one have to coast before it isn’t charging? The shanny video is terrible - poor justification. Notice he never said targeted? Lydman better miss at least two games. That was a suspension for the result, not the action. Disappointed in Shanny. Seems like he is more of a puppet figurehead for someone higher than an actual disciplinarian.

Posted by tigerjeb on 05/05/13 at 07:22 PM ET

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No history.  No targeting the head. 

“Skates a considerable distance and elevates at contact.”  Injury. 

Look out, fellas, it’s rough out there.  For you—not for the opponent.

Posted by Sweet Jesus on 05/05/13 at 07:25 PM ET

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There must be something else to this that only they know. I’m not worried. We have the personal to win. We beat ourselves that last game. We’ll see how they come out in G4. Deflated or ready to rock.

Posted by DAN M on 05/05/13 at 07:25 PM ET

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This makes my refusal to give a penny to this league even more justified.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/05/13 at 07:26 PM ET

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Horrible decision. The video does nothing to support what he his saying.  Oh well.  No point in going on about it right now.  We have to win tomorrow.  We can revisit this in the off season.  I know I won’t be forgetting anytime soon

Posted by AxeMaster9 on 05/05/13 at 07:26 PM ET

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Guys, let’s put this into perspective. It’s as though Abdelkader literally took a player’s head and bashed it into the glass, breaking the helmet.  This blatant intent to injure is clearly deserving of a suspension.

Oh, wait….

Posted by pomthillips from Ann Arbor, Michigan on 05/05/13 at 07:27 PM ET

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At NHL Inc. logic is a nuisance.  They don’t need no stinkin’ logic.  This is just more of the usual bullshit.

In Shanahan’s own words:

“We do not see malicious intent by Gryba on this play”

“Eller is eligible to be checked and Gryba does not extend an elbow or launch into the head.”

Therefore the player is suspended two games.  The NHL Department of Player Safety continues to embarrass the sport.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/05/13 at 07:36 PM ET

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Yeah. Shea Weber and Dustin Brown. Both got away with intent to injure. raspberry

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/05/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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I really don’t know how you guys get surprised.  1 game for the hit (result, whatever), 1 more for coming across the ice to make it (which is what had the general public more up in arms than anything, and which a lot of Wings fans missed while obsessing over the hit itself)

There are exceptions, but most of these follow a very predictable formula.

Posted by Primis on 05/05/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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I miss Colin Campbell.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 05/05/13 at 07:38 PM ET

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Posted by detroitredwings on 05/05/13 at 07:42 PM ET

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Sick of people comparing it to Weber. No 2 snowflakes are alike. Maybe now D and Z will have someone with a little more scoring process than 9 goal JA.  I’m upset yet not upset?  Huh

Posted by DAN M on 05/05/13 at 07:42 PM ET

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If anything was done with any consistency this would not bother me. But for there to be done consistency, the intent should also be viewed. Brown should have gotten 5-10 games for his attempted knee and elbow.

However.
Thus it’s the n nhl and consistency must not be allowed.

Posted by teldar on 05/05/13 at 07:43 PM ET

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This makes my refusal to give a penny to this league even more justified.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 05/05/13 at 07:26 PM ET

Same here.. f*ck ‘em

Posted by detroitredwings on 05/05/13 at 07:44 PM ET

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Guys, let’s put this into perspective. It’s as though Abdelkader literally took a player’s head and bashed it into the glass, breaking the helmet.  This blatant intent to injure is clearly deserving of a suspension.

Oh, wait….

Posted by pomthillips from Ann Arbor, Michigan on 05/05/13 at 07:27 PM ET

But that was a judgement call by the league.

At least when Malkin got that instigator penalty in the last 5 minutes of Game 2 of the 2009 SCF, he was automatically suspended the next game as per the rulebook.

Oh wait…

One of the many reasons the NHL will never, ever be anything other than the red-headed stepchild when it comes to popularity and ratings in this country is that it’s officiating and league “justice” is an ever-changing, absolute f*cking joke.

Not saying I’m surprised Abdelakder was suspended, or that he didn’t deserve it according whatever the hell it is the rules are now, but 2 games?

And why are the Red Wings always, ALWAYS on the receiving end of this kind of bullshit in the playoffs?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/05/13 at 07:46 PM ET

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You people…

He charged across the ice, hit the head, hurt the guy. That’s a bad thing. Deal with it.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/05/13 at 07:46 PM ET

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There are exceptions, but most of these follow a very predictable formula.

Posted by Primis on 05/05/13 at 07:38 PM ET

Until next year, when that formula will be capriciously changed at the whim of the league and we’ll start this idiocy all over again from scratch.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/05/13 at 07:48 PM ET

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There are exceptions, but most of these follow a very predictable formula.

A ridiculously flawed formula though.  I’m not surprised, but frustrated as hell.  If you look at what Gryba did and at what Abdelkader did, and judge them individually without knowledge of any other play in the NHL then 5 min majors and 2 games for both don’t seem bad.  No one can do that though.  You see Dustin Brown get only a 2 minute penalty and no suspension for a clear knee on knee with a flying elbow to boot, all while Gryba and Abdelkader both miss 2 1/2 games.

The only clear message the NHL seems to be sending is feel free to keep firing a gun into a crowd, as long as you don’t hit anyone, we don’t care.

 

 

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/05/13 at 07:50 PM ET

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If nothing else, it should be hilarious to watch all the “pussification of the NHL” Wing haters do a complete 180 over this.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/05/13 at 07:54 PM ET

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I really don’t know how you guys get surprised.

Who the hell said we’re surprised?  Disgusted.  Oh yes, most definitely.  The idea that NHL, Inc. is incompetent, clueless and will inevitably fuch things up is a lot of things—but surprising ain’t one of em.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/05/13 at 08:03 PM ET

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I call Shanhanigans.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/05/13 at 08:04 PM ET

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Posted by detroitredwings on 05/05/13 at 07:42 PM ET

Beautiful! You managed to capture the real Shanahan.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/05/13 at 08:06 PM ET

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It was a fair call. “A high, violent hit, making significant contact to the head, causing injury”

Posted by timbits on 05/05/13 at 08:06 PM ET

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If nothing else, it should be hilarious to watch all the “pussification of the NHL” Wing haters do a complete 180 over this.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/05/13 at 07:54 PM ET

It happened at 8:06 pm.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/05/13 at 08:14 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

I can’t wait for the off-season to see what new rules they make up to eliminate contact entirely.

If hitting is no longer allowed (legal or not) then something has to be changed to give the defencemen half a chance to do their jobs.

Like it or not, you gotta feel sorry for Queazy ... i think he made his frustrations pretty clear.

No hitting, no holding, no hooking, no contact what-so-ever ... you’re paying huge bucks to watch Flag Hockey people.

EnJoY !!!!

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/05/13 at 08:18 PM ET

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It’s an ugly hit, but the league blew it. That’s a two minute charge in the game, and perhaps a fine since he’s not a repeat offender. But never mind, he’s wearing red.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/05/13 at 08:39 PM ET

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Like it or not, you gotta feel sorry for Queazy ... i think he made his frustrations pretty clear.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/05/13 at 08:18 PM ET

Did Kyle Quincey ever throw hits in the first place? His whining sort of rings hollow when I don’t remember anything about his ability to play physical hockey.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 05/05/13 at 08:41 PM ET

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