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Video- Blake Comeau Suspended Two Game For Boarding Brendan Smith

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I must admit, I did not expect a suspension.

Posted by George0211 on 03/12/14 at 02:04 PM ET

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Me neither

Impressive…

Posted by Zqto on 03/12/14 at 03:45 PM ET

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He should have had his ass whipped by a Wing on the Ice, 2 games off, not the right deterrent, IMO

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/12/14 at 03:46 PM ET

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Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/12/14 at 04:46 PM ET

Good point.  A better deterrent would have been for him to get jumped and have a Wing take a fighting penalty and and instigating penalty, then maybe get kicked out of the game and put the BJs on a power play.  He sure would have learned his lesson then.

Posted by Garth on 03/12/14 at 04:15 PM ET

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so wait, if this hit deserves 2 games, how on earth did on not deserve a major and an ejection? I think it’s safe to say if Smith stayed down, Comeau would have been kicked out without question. It was the fact that he popped up and went after him that made it a minor. The ref went further and threw in the silly diving call to at least give the Wings a PP. It was some subjective justice… akin to the “even up call”. This suspension proves it was utter nonsense. Regardless of Smith’s reaction, the play itself was not only worth an ejection, but a TWO game ejection. Who knows how that major would affect the game? For one thing, Jurco wouldn’t be out with an injury after the OTHER dirty play by Comeau.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/12/14 at 04:15 PM ET

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if this hit deserves 2 games, how on earth did on not deserve a major and an ejection?

This just in, the NHL game is fast, is reffed by humans without the benefit of video replay for penalties, and both contribute to a non-consistent standard of play relating to infractions and certain calls,  no different than NBA screens, MLB strike zones, and NFLs pass interference.

Bad call, but if you watch hockey closely, you will see 4-5 both ways per game.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/12/14 at 04:22 PM ET

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of course there’s bad calls in every game. thanks for pointing out the obvious.

but on this play the ref was 8 ft away, saw it clearly, put his arm up immediately, and I think it’s safe to say made his call solely based on Smith’s condition/reaction. If that’s the case, this is how he’s trained to make the call. This isn’t human error, it’s strategic error. You’re either told to call the board based on the hit itself or the damage it causes. While injury is obviously taken into account in a major call as well as in supplemental discipline, this call shows it is simply not weighed the same.

also, as I said, this same guy went on to injure Jurco, So it pisses me off all the more

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/12/14 at 04:28 PM ET

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Good point.  A better deterrent would have been for him to get jumped and have a Wing take a fighting penalty and and instigating penalty, then maybe get kicked out of the game and put the BJs on a power play.  He sure would have learned his lesson then.

i don’t like this attitude. the wings are unacceptably soft, no doubt. the way they allowed columbus to dictate terms last night was disgraceful.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/12/14 at 05:04 PM ET

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The Wings have been a, “We’ll score on the power play instead” team since the Bowman era, even when McCarty was still on the team. Smith wasn’t hurt and the Blue Jackets try to goad teams into taking undisciplined penalties to begin with, so that wasn’t surprising.

The Wings’ “softness” in terms of allowing Columbus to take the play to them was the awful part. We’re used to them not fighting in retaliation. We’re not used to them not *fighting* to control the pace of play.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 05:10 PM ET

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“We’ll score on the power play instead” team since the Bowman era,

Hopefully I’m mistaking your comparison, Bowman was the one who plucked Kocur out of a beer league, and was the bench boss for the most famous retaliation in wings history.  The guy obviously valued the self policing part of the game, just not the circus show goonery for no purpose, or losing a game because of it.

I personally think Bowman would have never let Ken Holland give him this soft of a bunch of guys that we have today, not that Babs has, I just think Scotty’s approach would’ve been to overstep the GM and impose what he wanted, and what would Holland say, he’s scotty bowman. 

Babs on the other hand, has taken more than his fair share of subtle digs at Holland in the press, but he’s kinda played him like his team, and ultimately let him skate by, taken what he has been given, and its starting to show its ugly head.

To me, had this been one isolated incident I could see giving it a pass because frankly its Smith, sorry dude,  but your Brenden Smith.  However, when you consider we also let teams elbo our franchise players in the face with no answer, and you look at the overall powder puff play and how we get pushed around every night, you have to start questioning the hockey character of this team, and their continued lack of well balls, .

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/12/14 at 05:44 PM ET

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Babs deals with it, and he and Ken Holland have always been on different pages regarding an enforcer, but I cannot remember an enforcer save Dallas Drake—who wasn’t much of an enforcer—who could *keep up* with the Wings skill-wise.

Eventually, regardless of whether it was Tootoo, Downey, McCarty II or Brad Norton back in 06-07, the guys with fists haven’t been able to keep pace with the guys with mitts.

There’s a reason that the team will probably give Callahan a chance to make the roster next year, and there’s a reason they’ve drafted Mike McKee, Tyler Bertuzzi, Richard Nedomlel and have converted Max Nicastro to a tough defenseman. They want to find some sort of complimentary player who can keep up with the skill guys, and unless you trade for a younger Chris Neil, which is very expensive, you’ve got to draft ‘em.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 05:55 PM ET

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