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I guess I am going crazy again. I am amazed by Mr. Campbell’s knowledge of what is a penalty and what isn’t. I love the hitting, but this is really getting maddening. Again, I really do not care who wins the cup, but we have to stop running goalie interference. The League has to protect the goalies better. How is a cross check to the neck not called? These incidents have been the biggest story in the playoffs this year. The players continue to push buttons, simply because there is no fear of repercussions. I am sorry; if the players know that there is going to be no penalty, or suspensions for that matter, where is the motivation to stop it?

The latest incident is the worst by far: the crosscheck by Kunitz to Varlamov’s neck. I am sorry, that is no hockey play. It was done on purpose, without any thought for the welfare of the Caps’ rookie goalie. There has to be some respect, somehow the wellbeing of other players has to take precedent over winning - doesn’t it? Seriously, when do we stop?

The answer has to be within the players, because there is no legislation in the League to scare them straight. The League has decided that players can demonstrate restraint and police themselves. Let me ask - how is that working for ya? You may think I am being facetious; but seriously, who is ruling this roost? There is no law. The inmates are running the insane asylum. Can there any sanity in the logic of the suspensions run by the league? Somehow someone with some logic has to step in, because this will just add on to the incidents.

Many people love this game for the players like Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby; who, by the way, put on quite a show, as both players score hat tricks in one of the best games I have ever seen. But unfortunately, the hit by Kunitz brought more ink than the game itself. You see, that is what bothers me most about this the violent hits and dirty plays; they garner more publicity than the game. We have to show fans that there is talent to this game, but continuous bonehead plays by the players continue to distract from the real part of the game. So Mr. Campbell, the ball is in your court: are going to do something about it or continue to make excuses for the players? These one game suspensions, or none at all, are not going to cut it, nor are they going to slow down the incidents.
Filed Under:   NHL   Running Goalies   Inconsistent  
May 5, 2009 8:32 PM ET | Delete
I could care less who wins the cup. I'm tired of the NHL kissing up to the league stars. I'm not going to watch Sid and Ovie kiss....Turn the tv off. Campbell sucks. Until the NHL brings in new blood to run the league, it will continue to get worse.
May 5, 2009 8:48 PM ET | Delete
The league needs to start creating written guidelines and handing out suspensions based on the guidelines. Suspensions are so random and arbitrary right now that nobody has any freakin' clue what is going to happen when an incident occurs. They can't continue on this "case by case" basis they've been doing. Write it out. "1st cross-check: 1 game / 2nd cross-check: 5 games". Do it for hits from behind and elbows and other dirty plays. Then there would be no random guesswork each and every time.
May 5, 2009 11:56 PM ET | Delete
judging by the title i thought this was going to be about the pheonix offer and how they won't sell their most troubled team to go to ontario! God forbid!! But yeah the hits are brutal, the goalie interference is all over the map! Remember when the flames got waved off when glencross was in the crease just prior to the playoffs? He wasn't in the crease!! NOW look at the goals going in!! JOKE!
May 6, 2009 12:08 AM ET | Delete
Is there a youtube clip of this hit?I missed the game.
May 6, 2009 12:47 AM ET | Delete
This has to warrant... something. I'd be fine with players policing themselves but the NHL won't let them. They've hampered all the fighting they can which leaves players hitting. Which gets VERY dangerous. Either let the players play and fight or enforce your rules. But you don't get to pick and choose where and when.
May 6, 2009 6:56 AM ET | Delete
Better suspend Holmstrom
May 6, 2009 11:35 AM ET | Delete
May 6, 2009 7:23 PM ET | Delete
I agree with RinkLighter, no standards to follow, chaos ensues. Put it down in writing and follow it. Period.
May 6, 2009 7:52 PM ET | Delete
I think if they handed out more 1 game suspensions it would have an effect. problem is they give one guy many games, then the next guy gets none.
May 7, 2009 8:39 AM ET | Delete
You realize why the ref missed it - Because it was right in front of him!What a dope!I watched Shanahan back check from one end of the ice to the other an a PK, lift Cullen's stick, and get called to put the Canes on a 5-on-3 in the first round...and they don't see this? That's insane.
May 10, 2009 7:55 PM ET | Delete
this is just a stupid flames fan
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