Pacioretty suspended three games

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Let the anguished howls begin.
This is three games more than Zdeno Chara got for his hit on Pacioretty.
It’s also three games more than Ryan Malone’s hit on Chris Campoli.
And three games more than Milan Lucic got for knocking Ryan Miller out of action.

Gentlemen (and ladies): Start your conspiracy theories.

The league has ruled Pacioretty commited an illegal hit to the head “in which the head was targeted as the principal point of contact.”

Unless he appeals the decision, Max-Pac will miss the Canadiens’ games in AnaheimWednesday, San Jose on Thursday and Los Angeles on Saturday. He will forfeit $ 26,351.34 in salary.

Here’s Brandan Shanhan’s explanation, with video.

“When cutting across the middle on a play like this, all players accept that a full body check may be looming,” Shanahan says. “However, what no player should expect is that his head will become the principal point of contact on a hit.”

Shanahan said the positioning of Kris Letang’s head on the play did not effect the itent of Max Pacioretty’s check.

The onus “was on Pacioretty to make sure he didn’t make Letang’s head the principal point of contact.”

While Pacioretty asserted, in his Monday morning phone conversation with Shanhan, that Letang’s leaninging into his shot changed the angle of the hit, Shanahan ruled “it is still his reponsibility to make principal contact through the core of Letang’s body.”

Instead, the NHL disciplinarian ruled, Pacioretty shifted his weight to his right leg, making Letang’s head the principal point of contact.

In levying a three-game suspension, Shanahan acknowledged Pacioretty has “no history of supplementary discipline”.

Well, until now.

And just for comparison, here’s another three-game suspension – for André Deveaux’s hit on Thomas Fleishmann.


  1. ogilthorpe says:

    You have to look at the BIG picture….not just at home… If the tree is dying don’t kick the apple…..

  2. ogilthorpe says:

    NO!! keep it Canadian… It’s the original…

  3. Habfan29 says:

    I just want to know why it has never been addressed by the league that Letang did not sit in the quiet room for 15 minutes as per league rules. Should not the Penguins be fined for this? I agree that Patches deserved 1 game, but not 3! Deveaux gets 3 games for a Match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure, how is this consistent. Please Mr. Shamhaman explain the Campoli hit to me once again? Mr Molson you need to grow a set and appeal this suspension. This is now a pussy league, you can skate right through the slot with your head down and if you ar hit wam suspension, give me a break. Time to clean house at league office, starting with Jeremy Jacobs. If Molson fails to act then I hope that Montreal misses the playoffs and he loses $$$$…wake up, Americans are running and ruining this league, Kick butthead back to Basketball, better yet let him try to skate through the slot and nail him with a Scott Stevens check. Pure Bush League!!!!

  4. 44har48 says:

    I have honestly always felt that sports leagues do not single out teams and refs do not call games biased. They may be inept, but they don’t favor teams…until now. I’m a big Steelers fan, the league discourages everything about the Steelers, they hate big hits on Defence now, they hate the running game, etc. They are NOT doing it to be against the Steelers, its a coincidence.

    This on the other hand, looks fishy and I am repulsed. I am actually raising an eye brow to this and wondering if this sham of a league who hates Canadian teams and now I think they really hate the Habs. I didn’t like Blundin jumping off the bench early and taking a cheap shot because he should not have been on the ice, I didn’t like the way Max ran at this guy. Both were not malicious with intent to injure like the others have been so well documented on here.

    I don’t even kow what to say, I am beside myself at the inconsistency. I feel it devalues the game and discredits the leaders.

  5. ogilthorpe says:

    We Canadians are a classy bunch of grinders…don’t stoop to their mentality..

  6. ogilthorpe says:

    Agreed!!!! But what to do??????

  7. ogilthorpe says:

    Meant Bettman…stupid keys are too small….

  8. ogilthorpe says:

    Bergman has perverted the NHL into a WWF clone…. A “sports entertainment” league… What about good HOCKEY????? doesn’t it mean anything anymore??

  9. Fansincebirth says:

    I’m okay with Patch getting a suspension. I honestly expected 2 games from the head office. The league is ‘trying’ to clean it’s act up and I applaud that.

    The complete joke here is the inconsistency in handing out suspensions to players. How can a hit like this be so wrong on one hand for one player but completely legal and a part of hockey for another? I just don’t get it anymore. How can a Malone or Lucic get away with what they do on a regular basis and Patch get nailed with 3? I was certain that Malone and Lucic would be gone for a minimum of 5 each but nothing? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Couple this with the blown OT goal call or non-call by the ref who WAS in a position to blow the play dead and you really have to wonder where this game and league is going…..

  10. ogilthorpe says:

    I agree….. This isn’t the NHL we loved for so long anymore….it’s the “Keystone Kops” sequel…. Time to form a Canadian hockey league instead and get down to good ‘ol hockey again….

  11. Chris says:

    I sometimes think the Canadian teams (and Buffalo, who get shafted like they are a Canadian team…Brett Hull’s Stanley Cup winning goal has to be one of the biggest travesties in sports in my lifetime) should just split off from the NHL and form their own league. They could maybe invite along the Rangers, who have an active dislike for the NHL head office as well, and give the finger to the league’s executives. Those 8 teams represent a substantial majority of the league’s profits…without them, about 15 of the league’s other teams fold within 3 years.

  12. ogilthorpe says:

    Nothing will change… The higher ups are entrenched in their secure positions….they may, however, become a laughing stock, if they continue their haphazard decisions

  13. Lafrich says:

    Just watched the Malone hit on Campoli again, and the Chara Max incident, and the Lucic steamroll. It is INSANE that this is the only one they choose to suspend. 3 plays that were dangerous with intent – unpunished. 1 play that was dangerous with zero intent – punished for 3 games.

    I do believe Max was slightly reckless, and a bad consequence came from his recklessness, so yes, I think he deserves to be suspended. I just can’t grasp how the others weren’t.

    Does he just roll the dice? I mean what the hell is wrong with him?

    There needs to be consistency. They need a committee of 3-4 people to make these decisions- not a buffoon.

  14. ogilthorpe says:

    How drole is the humour in Boston…..

  15. terrier92 says:

    The inside word is that Shanny was going to level a 5 game suspension however in a show of sportsmanship both Lucic and Chara talked with Shanny and got it reduced to 3. Stop whining and be grateful that diving is not a suspendable offense or you have to suit up the Hamilton roster to field a team.

    God Bless the Boston Bruins and Hockey

    Go Bruins

    • Cam_1 says:

      It is easy for you say from where you stand…the grass is always greener on your side isn’t it ?

      Chara hit on MaxPac 0 games

      Lucic runs goalie 0 games

      Ference fingers a country…his country !!!!

      Marchand repeatedly sucker punches a player !!

      Horton sprays water bottle at fans !!!!

      This is the bottom line, and there is no disputing this. The truth and nothing but the truth. The league is corrupt with Bettman – Shanny – Daddy Campbell – Jacobs at the helms …the axis of evil !!!!!!!

  16. ceedee says:

    As others have written here, it’s the lack of consistency that is most frustrating in all of this. I’m a Bruins fan, and believe it or not, I agree Chara and Lucic should have both been given a few games off (and if MIller had made contact on Lucic with that wild swing of his stick he should have been suspended, too). It’s an embarrassment to the league to see Max Pac get three for this and then watch the Deveaux video and find out the penalty is the same in both cases. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when these suspensions are discussed — the mental contortions Campbell, Shanny, etc. have to go through to come up with this stuff must be hilarious to listen to.

    • terrier92 says:

      I agree. All you have stated are facts except :

      1. Ference finger. He didn’t flip off his country he flipped off Habs fans. God Bless you Andrew.
      2. Axis of evil-please. Your team stinks right now. .500 and out of playoffs . Stop with the whinning. The Candians are a proud and storied faranchaise who will compete for Stanley Cup in future. In the mean time stop whinning about gettin robbed, gettin jobbed wah wah wah.It is laughable.

      I really hope Bruins play Canadains in playoffs again this season. For whatever reason they give Bruins fits like no other team. Nothing better than Habs Bruins playoffs.
      Go Bruins

    • terrier92 says:

      agree. All you have stated are facts except :

      1. Ference finger. He didn’t flip off his country he flipped off Habs fans. God Bless you Andrew.
      2. Axis of evil-please. Your team stinks right now. .500 and out of playoffs . Stop with the whinning. The Candians are a proud and storied faranchaise who will compete for Stanley Cup in future. In the mean time stop whinning about gettin robbed, gettin jobbed wah wah wah.It is laughable.

      I really hope Bruins play Canadains in playoffs again this season. For whatever reason they give Bruins fits like no other team. Nothing better than Habs Bruins playoffs.
      Go Bruins

      Go Bruins

      • Stephen York says:

        Ference flipped off the people that pay his salary – NHL fans.
        James Wisniewski was suspended for 2 games for flipping off a fellow player – why wasn’t Ference suspended?
        Why wasn’t he penalized or suspended for elbowing Halpern 80 feet from the play?
        Why wasn’t Chara suspended for INTENTIONALLY injuring Pacioretty?
        Why wasn’t Lucic suspended for running Miller?
        ETC. ETC. ETC.

        Get our of your delusional Bruins fan bubble, and think about these questions honestly please.

        Bench Gomer. It’ll (re)build character.

  17. ogilthorpe says:

    Outraged isn’t a strong enough word for how I feel about this….consistency is the key to respect…sadly lacking in this “boy’s club”….I’m outta here….world junior championships here I come…GO CANADA!!!!!!!!

  18. New says:

    The coach and players on this pp excuse for a team have to learn what you can hit and can’t hit. Admittedly it would be easier if the NHL just put the “no hit” stickers on those players. This is all Bob Gainey’s fault. When Shanny said he was interested second time around he should have coughed up a couple years.

    What a BS league. It’s like rec hockey.

  19. downeast hab says:

    My take on Maxs suspension with Sidneys team goes like this, seeing their the NHLs poster team;
    Shanny- Mr. Shero, what would you like for us to do on this hit on your boy.
    Shero- Give him the full suspension,to show the rest of the league we are winning the cup, with your and Bettmans help.
    Shanny- 3 games it is , and we will look after your team.

  20. Its time for Habs fans to send a message to league office that we as fans have enough of your bull. Its time to walk away from the rink and watch at home on TV. Maybe Buttman and Co. will get a clear message that Canadians are fed up with some teams getting nothing for their hits to opposing players. Enough of this crap. Boycott all home games and send a clear message we fans had enough and maybe someone in organizations has balls enough to stand up to Mr. Jacobs and Co for all empty seats.

    All hits to the head should be automatic suspension. Last year in playoffs when Andrew Ference elbows Jeff Halpern to the head when he was not looking and Bruins gets nothing for it. There are a lot more inccidents were Bruin players should have recieved suspensions and league office decides to turn the other way by calling nothing.

    Its time for management to stand up and be accountable for their players by going publicly with some of decisions handed down by saying you are all bias in your decision making. When will the brass decide enough is enough and have balls to stand up for their team instead of going with decision being made. Habs fans its time to walk away from this game we all love so dearly until the league makes every inccident accountable on the ice.

    Patches deserved 2-3 games and now will play soft for the remainder of the year once he comes back to play. Our Habs are soft as it is and will continue to do so for the rest of this season. Every player should be suspended for the crime they did on the ice and be accounted for by bososo’s the clowns that run this game. What will happen next? Tune in for Shanny’s reasoning on the next Bruin that goes by without being suspend. Double trouble in Coaches Corner and CBC Ron Maclean on suspensions.

    Go Habs Go

  21. icky pop says:

    Patches deserves the suspension. Malone deserves one too, as well as lucic on miller. No conspiracy talk. Just a wish for consistency.

  22. rhino514 says:

    I posted earlier saying that I thought the hit was legal, but after seeing Shanahan´s video I buy his explanation. Actually I am impressed with Shanahan.
    I assumed that because Letang was so low and about to take a shot that his head must have significantly changed position. But if you look at the video, remarkably, he doesn´t do this. Pacioretty probably could have made a different kind of check. Not easy, given Letang´s position, but possible. I think it was JUST over the line (two games would´ve been more appropriate).
    This is one of those calls that would´ve been no suspension in the past. You can see that the NHL IS drawing a new line. I actually think this suspension is going to be a benchmark because it sends a message that JUST because the opponent has put himself in a vulnerable position, that isn´t enough; it´s only a suspension if he changes his head position at the last second. This is probably one of the best instances to date where you can see that nuance which has now become so important.
    I think the league has fine tuned the rules as much as they can regarding head shots; they have managed to differentiate between subtle differences in hits which you would have thought are too difficult to police.
    The league should at this point become a bit less obsessed with the headshot and more concerned with recklessness, i.e. a guy skating across the ice at full tilt (and gaining speed to do it) to hammer someone, like Pacioretty did here, is what needs to be looked at in future.
    I DO see a (slight) difference between this hit and the Malone hit and others.
    I do think Chara should have had a suspension, but that was last year before the change of guard, and to be honest those types of hits happen frequently, the only difference was the presence of the stanchion, which you can´t prove Chara knew was right there.

  23. habsgod says:

    this is a miscarriage of justice to the habs! if pacioretty was a bruin or a player on his buddy’s team(the lightning) he wouldn’t have got any suspension! shanahan your a joke! where is malone’s suspension? where is lucic’s suspension? tell me how lucic can get away with anything he wants and gets no suspension,and max delivers a clean hit and gets 3 games!! i guess you can expect a nice christmas bonus in your pay from bettman’s de-facto boss jeremy jacobs the bruins owner! geoff molson if you have any testiculiar fortitude you’ll appeal this and confort shanahan on this and ask him why lucic and the bruins can do wahtever they want a get away with it,but when a hab does something he gets a suspension,ask him how much influence jacobs has,and show him proof by using the lucic ,and chara hit on max pac then watch shanahan sqiurm and you’ll see how gutless he really is when it comes to suspending the bruins!

  24. MasterHab says:

    You’re all assuming that just because Shanahan has the job title that he is the one who actually decides anything. Last time I checked, Colin Campbell wasn’t fired by the league. He’s still there, and probably in the office next to Shanny’s. It wouldn’t surprise me the least bit if Shanahan was brought in to give the outward impression of impartiality that was lacking under Campbell, but only for that – to give the outward impression. In reality, Campbell and a small cadre of GM’s like Brian Burke are still pulling the strings. They let Shanny do it his way for the first couple of incidents and when they saw how severe he planned to be, set out to immediately reign him in.

    To me, Shanahan is just a puppet. Hockey Dad is still the guy in charge.

    • slimjim111 says:

      Exactly, the whole “Shanahan video” concept is just a BS PR stunt. I love it how they put up these videos and leave absolutely no room for debate or comment.

      It’s like living in a pseudo-democracy where a news anchorman (Shanahan) gives the news of a verdict that has been reached and he’s explaining the decision but no one has seen a jury, heard any of the debate or heard the defense. For all I know, it could be a lonely Pacioretty on the other side of the phone just listening to Shanahan (or whoever) rambling on.

      I’m curious as to what actually happens when they talk to players on the phone… Seems like these conversations are very one sided. Maybe they should have open hearings? I cannot imagine Pacioretty simply nodding and staying silent to such a decision especially after what happened to him last year.

  25. slimjim111 says:

    Brendan Shanahan is a joke and so is the NHL. The silence that teams, players and the NHLPA exert in double standard situations like this is mind boggling…

    No one seems to have a pair between the legs.

  26. Un Canadien errant says:

    The clincher, as Mr. Boone points out, is the fact that André Deveaux got the exact same suspension for his hit on Tomas Fleischmann, an elbow delivered in malice and forethought flush on his chin, and for which to make contact he had to change his trajectory and extend his left arm.

    Max tried to hit his opponent with his shoulder, tried to make a clean hit on his opponent. He is obviously sensitive to the dangers of hits to the head. He is a talented hockey player who can contribute to a team’s success, as opposed to Mr. Deveaux, who on the ice is an irredeemable thug.

    Mr. Shanahan had contorted himself to find ways to absolve Ryan Malone of any culpability for his hit on Chris Campoli in the pre-season, and in this eerily similar case he took the complete opposite tack and threw the book at Mr. Pacioretty. Mr. Boone semi-jokingly refers to the howls of outrage, and Canadiens fans have a reputation for having a persecution complex, but it’s not paranoia when they’re really out to get you.

    I’m not one of those who calls for the firing of Mr. Gauthier or Mr. Martin, but in the long term the Canadiens need to have managers who hold influence in the league, like Serge Savard did and Réjean Houle didn’t. I’m beginning to think that not only are the Canadiens a soft target on the ice, but also in the league boardrooms.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  27. holypricehabsman says:

    Just listening to shanny’s explanation in the video, you can tell he is acting differently to players he dislikes just in the the words he uses (maliciously target the head, for example), compared to how he described deveaux’s hit (a reflex, which to anyone else looks like an intentional elbow lift, and an attempted knee on knee trip), it’s disgusting! Shanny, or should I say Shammy, is playing favorites and needs to go!

  28. Chuck says:

    I just don’t get the lack of consistency. Doesn’t Shannahan go back to his prior rulings to compare what he’s deemed to be suspendable?

    Don’t get me wrong; I completely thought that Max deserved 2-3 games, if only to reinforce the message about elevated open ice hits. But considering what plays haven’t led to suspensions, I thought that Max was in the clear.

    This decision just muddies what is and isn’t appropriate play.

  29. nickster13 says:

    I guess that means open ice hitting is gone from the game, the only thing you can do now is guide a guy into the boards carefully, because if he hits his head, or you hit his back, or if you touch a guy in open ice(where his head automatically snaps forward), then you will be suspended. LAME.

  30. Nahlsy says:

    Et tu Brendan? Those of us who had hoped for some consistency with the rulings FINALLY with someone new in office, someone whose reputation was generally as a fair and honest person, are bitterly disappointed to see that the league still has teams that can be penalized and teams that can’t. The same infraction committed against a player on one team will NOT be penalized equally when committed against a player on a different team. An infraction committed by a player on one team will NOT be penalized the same way that an infraction committed by a player on another team will. There is an uneven playing field, a very DANGEROUS uneven playing field that sees players on the have teams KNOWING it’s open season without repercussion on players that play for the have not teams. We had hoped for some justice, not special treatment, just equal treatment (whatever that may be) amongst all teams. Alas today was the final straw in proving once again that this team will NEVER see justice while the current powers that be remain in charge. They ALL need to go, and Shanahan has lost all the reputation he once had, to simply be another Bettman yes man with less than no integrity.

  31. montreal ace says:

    JM and PG should use this as a motivating factor, as the NHL seems to like putting a boot on our throat when down, others not so much. I dont have a problem with the 3 games, my problem is when justice is not handed out equally when some teams have a get out of jail card. My hope is that one day Buttman and a few owners are carted off in cuffs for cooking the books, as shared revenue is usually abused.

  32. pat s says:

    I don’t think PACs deserved a suspension(well maybe 1 or 2 games max) but overall I think the new sheriff is doing a great job, and please stop with the conspiracy theories–the league is not anti-montreal, its not an anti-montreal thing–its based on what he thinks went on–now, you can criticize his decision but some of you please stop, these decisions are not based on the league hating montreal–

    some of you want players suspended 10 games after a play like this so you can’t have it both ways

    • Nahlsy says:

      Tough to claim that when another player on another team gets nothing for the same thing a Hab gets several games for. When committed against a Hab, they get NOTHING, when committed against a player on another team it’s a suspension. Not tough to see something wrong when brain injury + broken neck = hockey play and a first time offense for a guy that’s been under suspension review dozens of times but, bloody nose = vicious attack to the head that requires a 3 game suspension in spite of the first time offense.

    • slychard says:

      1 an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
      2 a joining or acting together, as if by sinister design.

      favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence.

      There is a thin muddled line between the two words and their meanings, but it’s there, and it warrants dissecting in regards to this subject. I don’t think there is a conspiracy against Montreal when it comes to league matters, but there is nepotism, and that is a problem that needs to be addressed, for the integrity and future of this sport. When a league appoints a man to police their league and this man is father to a son playing in that said league then you have a conflict of interest. He may ‘exclude’ himself from making decisions when said son’s team is up for disciplinary ruling but, let’s face it, the man making the call is the subordinate of said father and his final decision will be biased. You’d have to be a fool or extremely naive to think otherwise. And should he exclude himself from any ruling regarding his son’s team he should also exclude himself from any teams within his son’s team’s division, heck even conference for that matter. Because should Mtl, Tampa, Buffalo, or any conference teams are involved in a decision from that father who makes a call to suspend a key player for several games in a tight race well, that could be a difference maker. That is nepotism. So the league addressed that problem and appointed a new disciplinarian, or so we thought, did they really fix it? Shannahan had to review a hit by Malone on Campoli, a hit that was much worse then the Max hit on Letang yet Malone was left unpunished, why? Because Shanny is buddy with Yzerman, Malone’s GM in Tampa. Here you have another case of nepotism.
      As for conspiracies well, I look at the fact the Bruins were key in extending Bettman’s contract last year and that’s enough for me.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • wall2bay says:

      Maybe not anti-Habs but he’s full of shit! Malone who plays for buddy Yzerman gets nothing.

      Lucic grins and acts like a smart ass after the hit but Shanny figures he didnt see intent whereas Max apologizes to Letang but Shanny is able to see intent then. If you had to put money on “intent” from those 2 hits, who would u say had more???


      “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

      • slychard says:

        Exactly, I mentioned in a previous post the failure to explain intent on a player’s part in regards to reviews. There is no consistency. It’s a problem. Shannahan seems way over his head at this point.

        Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • G-Man says:

      Wow, pat. Shanny doing a great job. You must be a Gooins troll.

      • pat s says:

        G–man—–when shans was hired this whole website was saying there is a new sheriff in town, campbell was awfull, shans will be great etc., and now that he makes decisions that you and others don’t like all of sudden he is awfull–you know what this is–displaced anger–maybe your anger should be geared to gainey/gauthier/martin for getting us a pretty boy team that can not handle the physical teams and than makes fans like you go ctrying to the league on how unfair we get treated—what a joke

        having said that pacs should have just rec’d 1 or 2 games–i say that b/c pacs is not a dirty hockey player

  33. Clay says:

    Everyone needs to stop whining. Max deserved 3 games, and there is no question about that. It doesn’t matter what happened before now, but only what happens in the future. If real justice had to start with us, then so be it – but other teams (*cough* Boston *cough*) better start to bear the brunt of justice as well.

    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau.

    • MathMan says:

      I suggest you do not hold your breath hoping for consistency; none has heretofore been displayed and there is no reason to believe this would change. The league remains motivated by keeping appearances rather than preserving player safety, and Shanahan’s wheel of fortune is really no different from Campbell, and he has zero credibility remaining as a result.

    • G-Man says:

      Way too late for this kind of “next time the Bruins player better get it” bs. The league is a jucking foke.

  34. Everlasting1 says:

    Yea, so Max laid a dirty hit. Y’all should be proud! Some push-back! 3 games..pft. So what? Have a tomato.

    Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  35. Jocko says:

    I cannot figure this one out at all! I went over the Malone hit on Campoli, and this is how I saw it.
    Campoli reaching for puck after it gets away from him, resulting in his head being vulnerable.
    Letang following through on shot leaving head exposed.
    Malone targets head, as can be clearly seen by his follow through of the shoulder and the elbow ends up parallel to the ice
    Pacioretty hits head in a vulnerable position but ends play with shoulder perpindicular to ice, no real intent can be judged from the play

    If I were judging this based on the facts from the video, it is clear that Malone meant to target the head, while Pacioretty did not.

    Terrible decision by Shannahan!! Is he bending to the pressures of having made dumb mistakes and going to make others pay? All I know is that someone should run over Thomas when he is running around playing the puck and see what happens.

    I just cannot add two and two to get four using Shannahan’s logic on his decisions on the aforementioned cases! Can anyone make sense of it?

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

    • Cam_1 says:

      If somone runs Thomas they will pay…he already said basically conceding he made a mistake and next time their will be a price to pay. It’s just that as a result of his mistake Boston gets a free pass like they always do and will continue to get.

  36. Da Hema says:

    Did Brendan Shanahan even graduate from high school? And he now is functioning as both judge and jury? The NHL is such a joke. And people wonder why it is a third-rate “professional” league. I have more respect for the Crab Racing League.

  37. RickoIII says:

    No problem with a game. Three is wacked. Makes you wonder how these clowns make decisions. Pretty sure if he played for Boston, Letang would have been held accountable for having his head down and moving his head knowing he was going to be body checked. I just really don’t get the double standard. Kudos to Patches for apologizing to Letang. Kerry Fraser for NHL Discplinarian and he should be paid by the NHL player union, that way the owners, Jacobs and Bettman don’t decide. Chances are the NHLPA will want what is best for it’s players and calls will be fair for all. Sorry I thought Shanny was doing Ok, but now I believe he either is getting too much pressure from the owners and Jacobs or he has lost touch with what is right and wrong. You ask any player about that Lucic hit and not one will tell you that was a fair and good NHL hit. That was pure Boston Thuggery.
    We want Fraser, We want Fraser


    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …Kerry Fraser I suggested a week or so ago …and agree with You …much more logical and professional choice for the responsibilty than Shanahan

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

      • slychard says:

        When you take a moment and reflect it does really make all the sense in the world now doesn’t it. Shanny just seems ill-fitted and in over his head for that position. The position should be out of the NHL’s hands and into the NHLPA’s and assigned to a person that used to be an official as you stated. But that would make too much sense now wouldn’t it.

        Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  38. Habsbill24 says:

    Lets remember that Shanahan, the gutless one, quit on the Whalers many moons ago. Could not cut when he was asked to be the main man. Hard to figure out how an unpenalized play results in a suspension while Lucic, who was penalized, does not. Shanahan has no clue what is legal or illegal because if there was no penalty it must have been a legal play.

  39. DickandDanny says:

    Well, I wondered what it would be like to have Shanny, a good old boy with all kinds of hidden agendas and 20 years worth of allegiances, none of which of course have anything to do with a Canadian team, built up throughout the league. Shanny, you are a joke. A f—-ing joke. Listen to your commentary. You almost talked yourself out of it three times. Your not even sure what your doing or why, but no doubt that because it was a Habs player that was involved the fix was in. Right, Shanny? Now be a good old boy and make all your NHL buddies happy with your decision. That’s right, Shanny. Your a joke. A complete joke. If this is what the NHL has in store for us sit back and watch out because it will get better (worse!) than it already is. By the way is Shanny a part owner of the Bruins? What happens when a Red Wings player finishes his check in mid ice to a dummy who thought he was playing rec hockey and could just waltz into the slot and let er rip. My Dad is rolling in his grave tonight. If he saw that play he’d be saying, “well you better keep your head up, son or youtr going to get your clock cleaned”. Nope, can’t say that anymore, Dad. You can do anything you want on the ice now, and leave yourself totally vulnerable, it’s the other guy who has to watch out for you. What a f—ing joke. Shanny your the biggest hipocrit of all time. If only I could shove this e-mail down your big yap. Three games for a clean open ice check to a dummy who had his head down. I bet Scott Stevens is having a good chuckle and thinking to himself, thank god I played when I did, I made a career out of those hits. Right, Eric! I can’t help but think of Campoli taking a hit to the head while reaching forward for the puck, How different was that hit? It wasn’t. But he’s a Hab so suck it up. Shanahan, I hope someone runs into you someday, when you have your head down kissing Cam Neelys shoes. What a joke. Guy nearly dies, breaks his neck. No suspension. Guy gets a bloody nose and then finishes the game incl scoring the winner, and a three game suspension is handed out t a guy who plays clean and has a clean record. What a collossal farce!!
    \”A cannoting blast from the wing, by Lafleur\”

    • FuzE_gus says:

      Well said. I Think Max Pac should appeal the decision. Set a precedent. This is B@llSh@t and the league needs to know about it. Take what is shoved up his @ss or speak your mind and stop this farce in its tracks.

      With Regards from FuzE_gus

  40. mws says:

    With all due respect ( and not much is due I’m afraid), you have people like Campbell and Shanahan interpreting rules that aren’t very bright. Yes, they are “hockey” guys, with lots of experience in the league – so what. All that means is that they have histories, allegiances. Maybe they owe somebody. Maybe they have their own prejudices and biases. Combine all this and their lack of grey matter with a rule book in transition and this is going to be the kind of B.S. you get. Yes, we need a Charles Dubin to do this. The NHL insiders have no credibility. And they’re not competent either.

  41. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Was concerned the suspension might have been greater, albeit the phone conference versus face-to-face was telling. Max’s apology and obvious remorse, along with clean record, worked in his favor.

    Max Pac is an exciting young Habs talent, and should know better than most the potential impact of dangerous on-ice behaviour. Glad to see another exceptional young talent (Letang) did not end up in a hospital bed as a result of this incident.

    We want the NHL to curb head shots, right? Claiming suspension inconsistency on the part of Shanahan is just poorly disguised homerism.

    Although Habs Mgmt will say all the right words, seeing the top scoring winger on a goal “light” team that has lost 14 (including OT) of 24 games, sitting – healthy – suspended for the upcoming western trip should not bode well with JM or PG.

    Hoping Max is the wiser for his actions and puts this latest career shaping incident fully behind him upon return, becoming the 30 goal scoring power forward this team sorely lacks. He has the talent and confidence to make it a reality.

    Booner gets a free pass as always for the preamble bait. The HIO lake is well stocked with northerns & crappies, and a man’s gotta’ eat.

    • slychard says:

      Claiming inconsistencies does not necessarily equate to homerism as you put it, especially when calls, or non calls, regarding same type plays on other teams and players are pointed out. It is simply a fact. The league is INCONSISTENT when INTERPRETING intent or what not. Now because you have flags of both my nations I’m going to let this pass, just this once…but I have my eyes on you.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  42. I don’t know…after reading all y’alls considered opinions…
    If I’m Canadiens PR, I mapping out a precedent here that is as wide and all-encompassing as my grandmother’s tablecloth.

    Hit to the head? hockey play or not?

    3 games suspension.

    That’s what the tablecloth says.

    Of course, Shanny might not know what a tablecloth is.

  43. habsfan reduxit says:

    … you can be angry all you want, but the decision is the right one. These hits, even the unintentional ones, have to stop.

    “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

    • habstrinifan says:

      It’s not THIS decision that sticks in my craw it’s Shanahan’s decision on Chara and Lucic and others.

      There is no way that they were NOT head shots.

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Louis Leblanc called up to the big time, he’ll join the team at practice tomorrow. 4G, 6A in 14GP as a rookie in Hamilton.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  45. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …day of surprises …RDS says Louis Leblanc called up from AHL …gettin’ interestin’

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  46. Feraco says:

    Complete BS Eakin hit was worse

  47. DearyLeary says:

    Louis Leblanc just got the call. Too soon by my thinking. I’m hoping to be proven wrong.

  48. Gorges_the_great says:

    Why can’t these suspension decisions be done by a committee of, say, six people. They would discuss the hit and then everyone secretly submits a number of games they think the suspension should be. They could throw out the highest and lowest numbers and average the rest. I know this is how judging figure skating works but I think it would be a good way to make suspensions more impartial.

  49. HardHabits says:

    Suffice it to say we’ll never see plays like this again. The good old days not so long ago.

    This is the deal. The NHL has become like a corrupt little western town in the old west. You know. The kind of town like in High Plains Drifter.

    Habs need a Larry Eastwood. I mean a Clint Robinson.

  50. roady says:

    Hockey as I knew it is over. May as well let the Canadian and American Women’s National teams into the NHL…NoHitLeague…play with your head down and don’t hit too hard ….whoops… check that …don’t hit at all, someone may get a bobo…

    take your drink to the end of the bar buddy…come on now, don’t be a fool…

    • Everlasting1 says:

      What era? Back in my day I don’t recall this many concussions, and some wore no helmets.

      Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • Landof10000lakesHab says:

        Players on the receiving end of head shots were sent back out onto the ice by coaches and trainers back in the day, as there were no visable wounds. Considered weak or worse yet – european, to wear a helmet at the time. Concussions o’plenty no doubt.

        • Everlasting1 says:


          Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  51. chinahab says:

    The simplest thing is to ban headshots, period. I think it’ll happen sooner or later given how big and strong players have become. If you ban all headshots, then you don’t have this crazy arbitrary justice all the time. In the future this will be seen as anachronistic–what, they allowed headshots despite having a rash of concussions? What were they thinking? This is not in Shanahan’s hands, but it needs to happen.

  52. habs001 says:

    Game on wed will probably be 1-1 in the third unless our pp produces something…many of our games come down to who gets the next goal in the third as games are tied or are one goal games and right now with our inexperienced d, limited scoring and brutal pp the odds are more likely the other team will…

  53. SKHab says:

    I agree. I just watched both videos and there seemed to be quite a difference and yet they both got three games. Check out the Begosian hit as well posted below.

    If any hit to the head is a suspension then so be it. It is right to protect the players.

    Is there a difference between an elbow to the head and a hit?

    Why were previous hits to the head not suspended?

  54. DorvalTony says:

    It’s never been more clear that “discipline” needs to be taken out of the NHL’s hands. Enough corruption, cronyism, nepotism. Time to hire a Justice Charles Dubin or Roy McMurtry to evenly and consistently enforce the rulebook and or improve on it. Things will never ameliorate until an outsider, preferably a judge, is hired to run a fair and professional ‘show.’ Things are a complete farce now. “Break a neck, get 0 games. Break a nose get 3 games.”

  55. Iceberg84 says:

    I just don’t get how they can suspend Pacioretty but NOT Lucic for hitting Miller. That other hit REALLY was a blown call if THIS is considered illegal. I like the NHL videos explaining it, but this is just inconsistent and frustrating. Whatever the ‘rules’ are for illegal hits, they should be the same all around. The line between legal and illegal is way too blurry.

  56. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …strongly feel Geoff Molson has to step-up and appeal this ‘on principal’ …not because Max does not deserve a suspension …but a statement to emphatically declare the NHL’s Department of Player Safety currently run by Brenden Shanahan is making very confused and inconsistent interpretations of the ‘head-shot rule’
    …and, that ‘confusion’ seems not to apply to certain players and teams
    …a ‘statement’ that will make Mr. Shanahan seriously reflect that he is fast losing (if not already) his credibility, …which hopefully will force him to clean up his act

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  57. habs11s says:

    On a good note: Markov is back soon!!!!

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  58. Gindan69 says:

    I said it before and I will again: imagine for a minute the steinbrenners swallowing something like this against the Yankees or jerry jones against the cowboys. That’s right, the attorneys would be sharpening there pencils.

  59. The Dude says:

    That even with a broken nose you can still steal a win,lol

  60. Pucknut says:

    The NHL is a “Good ol’ boys” club & Gary Bettman is the Grand Dragon.

    Bettman took over, I believe, in the ’92-93 season & presented the last Canadian team with their Stanley Cup.

    After watching the SC series between the Canuks & the Bruins this past spring with Marchand punching Sedin in the face & Sedin catching it from the official for daring to open his mouth to voice his displeasure, I’ve come to the conclusion that it will be another long while before we see a Canadian team win anything.

    Hoping for Columbus, Phoenix, Dallas & Florida to all Bite it in the next 5 years to put to bed once & for all Gary’s dream of making football hotbeds into thriving hockey markets.

    His profit sharing (socialist) system among the owners is like his 3 point games. It gives the illusion of parity.

    I love this game but I’m growing ever more impatient for an end to the “Little Dictator’s” regime.

    Lastly, This guy makes as much money as Sidney Crosby; and, begs the question…If you had to fork out $200.00 of your hard earned buck, who would you rather see?

    • TomNickle says:

      This is not Bettman. Most influential man in determining Brendan Shanahan’s salary and job security? Jeremy Jacobs. Who is he? Owner of the Boston Bruins. Chairman of the Board of Governors for the NHL. As long as a man appointed by the league is calling these shots, there will be a conflict of interest. Problem with the current situation is that the conflict of interest is playing a role in the decisions. It isn’t smoke in mirrors.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        How conspiratorial of you.

        Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • DorvalTony says:

      Marchand’s Canadian, Sedin isn’t right? Who plays a more Canadian game, Bruins or Canucks? I hate the Bruins but…

  61. Feraco says:

    Just can’t touch any Penguin players.

    This league is a joke

  62. With all due respect, folks the real issue is not consistency. If that is the issue for you, you’re are demanding super-human abilities in the arena of discipline.

    We remember Mar. 8. We remember the stunning lack of response on the part of the NHL. We remember, even, the stunningly stupid response of commissioner Bettman when he asked media whether or not they were talking about Pax’ hit on Eaton in the subsequent press conference after the meeting of owners. I hope you share my complete disgust at his response.

    I hope I don’t have to refresh your memories.

    Nevertheless. I really hopeyou consider the human implications of Max not being suspended! Would you like to be the fan base that argues that, because of legal inconsistencies, he should not be suspended? That, my friends, is the argument of those with a lesser history than ours!

    However, Max is suspended 3 games…justifiably.

    The real test is the next test, and I rather think that Shanahan, having experienced the egg on his face after Lucic, will respond.

    That is what we want. We don’t want our players to be excused on legal inconsistencies. We want our players to be protected.

    If I live in another world, please let me know. But in the interim, discipline must evolve. If Max is part of that evolution, I do not think that he would say anything to the contrary.

    • Habsolutely says:

      Then it’s is just as justifiable that Malone have been suspended.

      • Malone was not suspended. He should have been…as should have been Lucic. Undeniably. But seriously…have any of you ever tried to implement a real policy of behavior modification? Mistakes.. horrible mistakes…happen. I’d give this bro (Shanny) more than three months to find his place. I don’t care if he’s making millions.

        My ultimate point comes down to this: Does Max say that he shouldn’t be suspended? I await his response. I expect, as a very bright young man, that he doesn’t contest it.

        I think he has an eye towards the future.

      • Habmyster says:

        Same as the Max hit.

        • Everlasting1 says:


          Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Honestly, those bleu/blanc/rouge goggles distort perception. What part of ‘illegal headshots’ do people not understand?

      Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

      • Habmyster says:

        Nothing wrong with Max suspension . The problem is that there too much grey area in the words illegal headshots.All head shots should be suspendable wether on purpose or not.

        • Everlasting1 says:

          The only grey area is in severity. Automatic suspensions for all headshots.

          Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

          “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Where did I state those non-calls were fair?

            Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  63. slychard says:

    I have to chuckle reading the reactions on Shanny’s decision, the minute the hit was made posts of 1, 2, and 3 game predictions were prevalent on this site, with the majority expecting Shanty to give Max a pass because, after all, he was a victim to a crime that went unpunished and thus should be pardoned from the electric chair. Now the 3 game has come out and again the majority is demanding reparation, bringing up hits deemed worthy of suspensions that never came as some sort of non written rule that a pass for Max was rightfully due, surprised…really?

    With last year’s incident with Chara I was expecting at the very least 1 game, it seemed so blatant that a non call ( even from Campbell ) would be too obvious and a slap in not only Max’s face but his family, friends, loved ones, fans and all the fans of the NHL for that matter. As we all know that was not the case. When Campbell stepped aside once his son’s team made it to the cup final I thought, ok maybe things will get better, but they stayed the same. Enter Shannahan for the new season and a breath of optimism, maybe the league can change? After a fierce and promising preseason of suspensions and the innovative explanatory Shanny video well… once the season started and rumors of grumbling from some GM’s around the league on Shanny being too excessive the calls became once again erratic, proving that some owners in this league still have pull when it comes to policing players, at least the league is consistent with it’s inconsistencies. Predicting a call from the NHL office is like playing Russian roulette, when the pistol’s pointed at your head ya don’t know if the bullet is in the chamber and if it is, well, you end up in the permanent dark anyway so…why bother, don’t play. That’s why I never make predictions regarding league matters. it saves me from nasty surprises.

    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  64. cd says:

    Shanahan must have suffered one heckuva a head shot himself. It rattled his brain even in retirement.

  65. Habmyster says:

    Bruins get favorable rulings is because they do not want to get Jacobs a loyal & right hand man of The Count upset.

  66. Does anyone think he’ll appeal? I’d think he’ll just take it for the west coast trip and get it over with.

  67. jmsheehy19 says:

    Thank you Minnesota.

  68. Arune Singh says:

    I know I’ll get piled on for saying it this way, but are people mostly mad that Pax got suspended and others didn’t or just that Pax was suspended?

    I’m asking because I think if, as I think most of us believe, so many of these other calls were blown in terms of suspension– why should we want justice not to be done here?

    That isn’t to say anyone thinking this isn’t suspension worthy is wrong and I’m right– just trying to get a handle on what upsets people most.

    Thank You Saku. Thank you Halak. Thank you to all who wear the CH.

    • Bill says:


      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Habmyster says:

        Can you imagine what Max would had received if he hit Crosby.Life sentence unless a Bruin did it then it would have been Crosby fault or something wrong with the structure of the Arena.

        • nova scotia vees says:

          Are you serious?? What did Steckle get for blind-siding and nearly ending Crosby’s career? What did Hedman get for boarding him and smashing his head into the glass?? NOTHING THAT’S WHAT.
          Stop with the jealousy of Crosby. Even Crosby-hater Cherry has said Sid gets no protection. Of course, he’s the one who put the target on his back in the first place. What a hypocrite. W..rong is wrong….and Max was wrong. Get rid of the armour and ban head shots. I am not interested in MMA on skates.

          • Cam_1 says:

            How come when a Bruin commits a crime shanny doesn’t punish but says oh I made a mistake but will get it right next time. But when a Hab commits a crime he gets it right, right from the get go. Yes MaxPac deserves to be punished and yes it is better for the long term status of the game. I see your point tho, whether others got punished or not should not be the issue. The issue is to get closer to getting it right from this point on, and from any point on after learning from past mistakes. yes the ultimate goal is to create a head shot free safe NHL. It just sucks that other teams have gotten a pass from a admitted mistake, and some teams benefited more than once because of shanny’s mistakes, it just makes you wonder if something else is going on other than caring about the long term state of the game.

    • Big Ted says:

      That this ruling doesn’t reflect past rulings. I can count at least 5-6 hits that were similar or worse (Phaneuf x2, Neil, Lucic, Malone, Wolski) this year that weren’t suspended. If Shanny had given those guys 3 games for similar hits and more for Lucic and Malone because of the obvious intent to injure on both plays, then I’d be completely fine with Max getting 3 too. But this ruling isn’t in the same ballpark as the others.

    • jo_maka says:

      Campoli ? Alfredsson ? ring a bell for you ?

      Max should get it, if we’re honest. But so should Malone, Wolski, Lucic.
      Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  69. habfanacrossthed says:

    Anyone hear Pierre McGuire on 990? Was excited talking about the possibilty of a habs trade to a “bird” team? Hoping someone else heard this. (Ana, Pit, Wash) Come to mind.

    GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  70. So what happens now? Do we keep watching the officiating mess up games and give them away? Do we even need to suggest that the Bruins and their thugs aren’t on an even plain when being assessed for illegal hits? I can’t even bother watching anymore, but as long as the NHL and Molson are making money, nothing will change. Players will be levied fines inconsistently and the Canadiens will continue to get buried by mediocrity of their management and the fact they don’t have any nuts to protect and stand up foe their players, who are already showing signs they don’t feel like fighting when they will get stabbed in the back by the zebras and the league. May as well just move the franchise to Seattle.

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  71. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Fact is, that was a head hit and warranted a suspension. Regardless of any earlier incidents that went unpunished (and they shouldn’t have been), it doesn’t absolve Pacioretty from the fact that he committed a suspendable infraction.

    Good call by Shanahan.

    (I was expecting 2 games though)

    • zaq007 says:

      My exact sentiments on all counts

    • Big Ted says:

      I actually disagree with you on this. The most important thing about a rulebook and its enforcement is consistency. It’s what lends credibility to the league. The league can choose where it wants to set the bar of acceptability, but once it does, the other rulings should follow in suit. If the league is saying it made mistakes on 5-6 other rulings this year, then they should fire Shanahan for making so many errors. If they’re saying he got all those right, then how can they suddenly change the rules now?

      • TorontoHabsFan says:

        So if three people go into, shoplift and get away with it, that means that you too should be able to shoplift, because the other three didn’t get punished?

        I’m saying that I didn’t agree with the earlier non-suspensions, and just because this player happens to be on the team I root for does not change my opinion of what should warrant a suspension.

        • Big Ted says:

          It’s not really the same thing. But if you want to use your analogy, then if a judge had 3 people caught shoplifting with video evidence of it so that there was no doubt and then let them walk, but society decreed shoplifting was illegal, then I think you’d agree that like I said, that judge would be fired. The NHL can’t defend this decision AND defend the job Shanahan has done to date. Those two points of view are contradictory, as your example would also prove.

          • TorontoHabsFan says:

            That’s a different discussion entirely – whether or not Shanahan should be fired for inconsistency does not negate the fact that Pacioretty absolutely made initial contact with Letang’s head and that’s a suspendable offence.

  72. smiler2729 says:

    Ok NHL so unless a player is wearing a Bruins sweater, he gets fined and suspended for any and everything….

    Case in point:
    Isles’ James Wisniewski gives Cal Clutterbuck a rude gesture in Minnesota and gets 8 games.

    Bruins’ Andrew Ference gives the Bell Center fans and a national Canadian playoff TV audience a rude gesture and gets nothing.

    Bruins’ Zed Chara almost kills Pacioretty by ramming his head into a stanchion at top speed in retaliation for a shove after a previous game’s OT goal and gets nothing.

    MaxPac get 3 games for a hockey play vs. Letang.

    Bruins’ Lucic runs Sabres goalie Miller and gets…. nothing.

    WHAT THE F***?

    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  73. nova scotia vees says:

    Yes Shananhan is inconsistent..BUT some of these posters must have taken hits to the head! Max deserved the suspension and as someone who has watched more hockey than most of you (I’m old ), this crap is NOT the kind of hockey I want to watch. Give me the International game, or give me 4 on 4 all the time. Exciting and less chance of this kind of garbage happening due to the open ice.

  74. JohnBellyful says:

    Hey, Max fared better than expected. I posted this morning he’d get three games for the hit and another two for unspecified reasons on the say-so of an unnamed adviser. Good thing Shanahan ignored the advice. You the man, Shanny.

  75. BoomBoom says:

    Took about a quarter of the season but Shanahan is just another NHL head office a–hole. How in the blue hell can Malone escape a suspension and MaxPac gets 3 games. How in the blue hell can Lucic target Miller, injure him (concussion) and then gloat over it after the game, and escape a suspension and MaxPac gets 3 games. I won’t even go there concerning Chara’s attempted murder on MaxPac. I’d have no problem with the 3 games if the NHL was consistent. Bush league…the NHL is a bush league. I am not a conspiracy theorist but I feel that the NHL head office was just waiting to suspend a Hab and must have been rubbing their hands with glee when they saw MaxPac hit Letang. NHL has become a true and utter bush league.

    C’est le but!

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