Re: Marchand get 5 games
posted at 1/10/2012 1:06 PM EST
In Response to Re: Marchand get 5 games
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Marchand get 5 games : If the NHL was interested in "appeasing the masses", then both Chara and Lucic would have been suspended for the Patch and Miller incidents. If anything, there's suspicion around the league that the Boston-NHL Front Office connection has resulted in the league going easier on Bruins (at least, in the past). There may be no basis for this, but perception is a powerful thing.
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
I don't think there's suspicion around the league. The strong teams are always a target for the conspiracy theorists, and they're usually fans, not those within the business, who should know better. Also disagree with your Miller-Patch assessment. Think it's more of a make up call mentality. As a Bruin fan, I understand and accept the Paille suspension, am on the fence with the Ferrence thing,....feel the patch drama and calls for suspension were ludicous...figured Lucic shoulda got one, and vehemently disagree with this one. It circumvents the rules. Plain and simple. Maybe i'm a homer, but not a blind one.
And yes, the linesman blew the icing call.
As for perception, any judicial group MUST be above that in order to maintain an ounce of credibility.
In this case, Marchand did not take out Salo, "at or below the knee". Maybe he's a rat, maybe he should have been suspended before(I wouldn't have argued the slew-foot), but he can't be rightly suspended for playing within the rules.
I watch a lot of Bruins games. If the league wants to send a message to BM, or 40 or so other guys who play the same type of game(several on your fave) the league will get it's chance. No need to make things up.
Watch the video again. Wouldn't you agree, the point of impact was not "at or below the knee"?
Also, 3rd man doesn't mean "fight". The rules are pretty clear. Anytime there is a confrontation between 2 players, the 3rd man rule can apply.