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"As it Strikes Me"
Buffalo, NY • United States • 35 Years Old • Male
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I have no idea what the NHL is doing. Or not doing. It's basically a coin flip on and off the ice to determine penalties and suspensions. Stoll gets a game suspension for a hit from behind on White. Ok, I agree with that. Mike Richards buries Connolly and only gets a two minute boarding and no suspension. Lucic gets 5, 10, and a game for a stupid move by Spacek? He's dumping the puck in facing up ice. If he keeps his right shoulder on the glass and takes the hit he's fine. Instead, he peels off to the right at the last second and puts his face into the glass. Who knows if Lucic will get suspended.

Then there's Torres. What exactly was wrong with his hit on Seabrook? My understanding of Rule 48 is behind the net play is considered North-South, and not subject to the blind side situation. He threw a clean, hard check on a guy who needs to have his head a swivel. You never, ever, look behind you, especially behind your own net. You look where you're skating. Every defenceman knows that.

Then you have guys leaving their feet (thought that was charging, but apparently not), throwing flying elbows (not Richard's on Kaleta, that should have only been 2), and crosschecking guys in the throat.

So my message to the NHL: If you want the sports world to take the league seriously, get your act together and have some consistency with on-ice officiating and off-ice discipline.
April 27, 2011 7:40 AM ET | Delete
Tough call here...I think the blood certainly changed the call. It was definitely a case of Spacek turning his back to the hit which made it worse. If you watch the first replay (not the second, which has an obscured view because of the ref) you will see Spacek make the pass and knowing that the hit is coming, turn his back to it. Lucic was moving at a pretty good rate of speed before Spacek turned...tough to adjust at that point...but maybe if he had eased up a little it would have helped his situation.
April 27, 2011 8:58 AM ET | Delete
You wait until now to post something like this? All of this has been debated. There tough calls. I will say this...I have never seen so many playes (all teams) that put themselves in harms way. They turn their back to the HITTER when they know they will be HIT. It's the responsibility of both parties to protect each other. It's what should be taught from day one when hitting is allowed. Plus, let's not forget lack of respect from everyone on the ice.
April 27, 2011 11:41 AM ET | Delete
April 27, 2011 3:29 PM ET | Delete
Straight from the rule bookThere is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the referees. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a vulnerable position and if so, he must avoid the contact. "However, there is also a responsibility on the player with the puck to avoid placing himself in a dangerous and vulnerable position."This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule."
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