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by George Malik on 02/08/13 at 11:56 AM ET
I may be one of five people who had no problem with Red Wings forward Johan Franzen spearing David Perron after Perron smashed Franzen's face into the boards (since Franzen suffered a subdural hematoma after being concussed against the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, and you may remember how Gary Roberts welcomed Franzen back by punching him in the face repeatedly), especially as Franzen received a major and a game misconduct for spearing in the process...
And this morning, Sportsline's Adam Gretz (via On the Wings' Matt Saler) and MLive's Ansar Khan report that the NHL felt that the 5-and-a-game's worth of penalties was severe enough punishment for a player whose head remains a prime target for opponents who know that Franzen will snap if he's punched, slashed, facewashed or otherwise hit in a manner that involves attempting to break his face:
Franzen received a spear and then a face-rearranging cross-check to the face by Alexei Emelin and Dmitri Kalinin at last year's World Championships, too (remember? Covered it). He doesn't like being hit in the face.
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