Here goes my first blog, but I finally have something that needs to be said.
I watched the Pens/Thrashers game last night on TSN and saw "the hit".
[sarcasm]Oh my god, Ruutu ruined Kovalchuk with a blatant knee-on-knee dirty hit that will obviously end Kovalchuks career and cement Ruutu's legacy as a Samuelsson clone! [/sarcasm]
Are you kidding me? Ruutu finished his check, did NOT stick out his knee at all, and Kovalchuk trying to get out of the way got his leg tangled with Ruutu. There was NO intent to injure on that play as far as I can see, unless you count McCarthy coming in gloves off and feeding Ruutu his lunch.
So lets see:
-Ruutu tries to hit Kovalchuk, misses most of him but unfortunately clips his knee.
-Kovalchuk drops in pain (obviously, it probably did hurt, but this IS a contact sport)
-Ruutu gets blindsided by McCarthy (who already had his gloves off) and starts beating on Ruutu (who by the way didn't appear to drop his gloves but instead tried to defend himself)
-Ruutu gets 5 for Kneeing, 5 for Fighting and a Game Misconduct?
-McCarthy gets 2 for Instigating, 5 for Fighting and a 10 Minute Misconduct?
How did Ruutu get penalized the most here? I'm sorry, but that is a joke. The hit was unfortunate, but it wasn't dirty. But for Ruutu to get tossed from the game AND penalized for defending himself from getting the beat down is just stupid. Although I disagree with the Instigator rule, it is there to penalize the guy that STARTS the fight (McCarthy), yet his team ended up with the power play? Yikes...
I assume this is because the hit was on Kovalchuk, one of the games brightest stars, and the "hit" was applied by Ruutu, who has been pegged as a pest and dirty player. Well this is where that double standard that the NHL has could apply, and if it does than this league will prove what a joke it truly is.
Kovalchuk was suspended one game last week for levelling Michal Rozsival of the Rangers last night when he JUMPED at him from behind. One game? If Downie or Ruutu or Simon or anyone else made that hit it is an absolute 10 game minimum, yet the league wants to keep their stars in play (something I can understand to some extent), but his hit was at least as bad as Downie on McAmmond (which drew 20 games might I add).
Ruutu didn't even deserve a major penalty for this hit, let alone a game misconduct and leaving his team shorthanded after the incident occured. Whatever, it's over now and the games go on. But if he is suspended at all than it will show that there is a double standard in the league when it comes to its stars and the rest of the players.
There is NOW WAY that Ruutu's hit on Kovalchuk is even in the same league as Kovy's back-side attack on Rozsival. And if Ruutu gets the same penalty or worse (which means any suspension), than I will officially give up hope for this league while Bettman is in charge.