What is the reason that I have not heard one complaint about Mike Ribeiro being fined and not suspended for his slash to Chris Osgood's chest? I thought maybe it was because Osgood has protection on, but then thought about how all players wear shoulder pads for protection. Next, I thought of what Barry Melrose said, talking about how Osgood "started" by butt ending Ribeiro. This is no excuse whatsoever.
What is the main reason that Ribeiro is not watching Game 3 (and 4 and more) from the press box? He is Mike Ribeiro, the Dallas Stars leading scorer and not someone that makes "dirty plays". What would have happened if that was Steve Ott? Or Sean Avery? Or an even better question, what about this makes it just a fine, while Chris Simon's similar slash was a landmark suspension? I find it strange that with all the talk of inconsistency from the referees making penalty calls there has been no talk of another obvious inconsistency. Both Simon and Ribeiro were provoked, Simon by Hollweg's hit from behind and Ribeiro by the Osgood butt end, and retaliated in a way that is unacceptable, with slashes to the upper body in dangerous locations. And while one may have been slightly less vicious than the other, is the difference between them really 25 games?