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Once again, we have witnessed a Boston Bruin escape any external discipline for his violent on ice transgression. I'm not one of these people that are screaming collusion or inequity of discipline. I'm simply looking at events in front of me and trying to make sense of the NHL actions.

First, let's travel back in time to March 8, 2011 and the infamous Pacioretty hit. This is where we learned that if a player is skating at full tilt you can guide his head into the area where the glass begins again and follow through with the full weight of your body. This is legal because, according to the NHL, this is a "hockey" play.

This decision was rather fortunate for Boston, as any prolonged suspension may have affected their cup run.

It was also fortunate that the league did not follow up on comments made by Mark Recchi accusing Pacioretty of faking his injury. Just how often do you see a team in any sport almost kill a player, only to mock them days later. It's a good thing he didn't mention "sloppy seconds", because that is out of line!

Somehow, Joe Thornton's little body check on David Perron previously in the season was not considered a hockey play and warranted a suspension. Thornton makes an off handed comment about Lucic getting away with a vicious crosscheck to Lapierre's face and not getting suspended, suggesting that the Bruins have a rectally well positioned horseshoe.

Aaron Rome was suspended for four games in the Stanley Cup finals for a late body check. Mike Murphy said he thought it was late hit, at least a second after touching the puck, plus they had to take into account the seriousness of the injury.

It was rather fortunate for Boston that the NHL decided not to use this criteria when issuing discipline to Chara. Chara's hit was at least a second late, and the injury was quite severe.

Now, in a new season under a new disciplinarian, we had a should-be repeat offender in Lucic blatantly run a rival's franchise goaltender as he comes out to play the puck. The initial response from the league is silence, until they realize the attention they are receiving and dismiss the matter after a token hearing.

What I find disturbing in all of this is how the main stream media fails to bring these points to light. TSN, HNIC, Sportsnet, STEP UP! What does the league have over you? Is it simply information will be provided to your competitor before you if you don't play ball? Present the facts, let the audience decide.
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November 16, 2011 6:31 PM ET | Delete
Go Bruins!
November 16, 2011 6:33 PM ET | Delete
This article? is by a typical Montreal whiner fan. Boston guys get suspended just as other teams players do. Just happens that they also finish their checks harder than most teams and play aggressive making other teams and fans whine and complain about good hard nosed hockey.
November 16, 2011 8:30 PM ET | Delete
February 4, 2011. That was the last Bruin suspension in about 10 hearings. Heaven forbid Cooke throw a bodycheck at Savard eh? As for good, hard nosed hockey, the rest of the league gets suspended for throwing body checks in the Stanley Cup Finals at the ever so fragile Bruins. Gotta like Lucic though, too scared to fight Georges Laraque but still thinks he's tough enough to go around running goalies. He's like a dumb, p*ssy version of Sean Avery.
November 17, 2011 9:26 AM ET | Delete
lol, this is a waste of space...come on someone seems a little bitter...rome hit deserved suspension,...chara hit was the right call...lucic hit was the right call....why hasnt the nhl called you up and asked you take over shannys job? you just sound like a little 13 year old kid....anyone with any hockey knowledge would not let there first line star(lucic) go out and fight laraque( plug that was placed on waivers)...come on give ur head a shake....you are making the rest of the canadian fans look bad
November 17, 2011 10:51 AM ET | Delete
November 17, 2011 11:19 AM ET | Delete
You can visibly see both Chara and Lucic pull up before they hit their respective opponents. To mention the cooke hit proves how much of an idiot you are. Cooke clearly had intentions to not only hit late but injure also.
November 17, 2011 3:52 PM ET | Delete
November 18, 2011 1:18 PM ET | Delete
You've got to be kidding me. Your using biased and selective memory, then over dramatizing your examples to re-enforce those thoughts.
November 18, 2011 4:32 PM ET | Delete
This article is a farce. If you go and review the replay again at game speed, there is no way you can intentionally guide a person's head like that. Char being so much taller than Pacioretty makes it look worse. both players have moved on and so should we all.
November 19, 2011 3:53 PM ET | Delete
I admit I may have bias, but nobody my "selective memory" is selective only in so far as I'm only selecting incidents involving the Bruins. If I'm missing anything that helps sway the case please include it! But lets not have any more crap about "Chara pulled up" or the like. Here is a link to the hit...http://youtu.be/jimZ1tSdPY0...how do you pull up from a hit two seconds and twenty feet from where the puck was last touched? That's a hit that should never have happened.
November 19, 2011 4:00 PM ET | Delete
The argument you SHOULD be making is the affect of the Chara hit and the epidemic of "headshots" was so alarming to the league that the league had introduced new guidelines for reviewing said hits at the end of the season, and the Rome hit falls into that category. A late hit (not as late as the Chara hit mind) and a severe injury (ahem, not as severe as the Paciorety injury). Please children, I'm looking for intelligent outside the box thinking, not "Chara and Lucic pulled up because I'm a Bruins fan".
November 22, 2011 12:27 PM ET | Delete
Coming from a blogger who brings up his teams most hated rival and can only use examples of the bruins when there has been many more instances of head shots and late hits. You sir, are a toolbag.
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