Principal's Office

It’s getting hot in here, and Brendan Shanahan’s phone was ringing off the hook yesterday.  Three players face disciplinary hearings for offenses committed during Saturday’s run of show…

1. Carl Hagelin

Former Foxy Friday and Ryan Gosling stun- double Carl Hagelin is not known for throwing elbows and getting dirrrty.  But the playoffs make people do crazy things.  He took out Daniel Alfredsson with a very high hit yesterday.

Alfredsson, the Sens’ captain, did not return to the game.  There’s been no update on Alfredsson’s status.  Hagelin served a five minute major and will be sentenced today.  Tortorella said “wah!” but that’s what he always says.

2. Matt Carkner

This guy is off his anger-management meds.  Boyle had a goal in game 1 and got into it with Karlsson to the tune of matching roughing minors.  It merits the clean check Carkner throws to start this, and probably a fight.  I understand protecting your most valuable asset.  But Carkner doesn’t square off, he jumps Boyle and drags him face-down across the ice under the dogpile.

Carkner got five for fighting, two for instigating and ejected.  Brandon Dubinsky was the third man into the fight and also got himself a game misconduct.  He took his frustration out on the Gatorade cooler.

This series is officially ugly.  I think Shanahan will suspend Hagelin for one game, especially if Alfie can’t play tomorrow.  The hit was directly to the head and otherwise you open it up to chaos.  If Carkner went after Boyle for a play that didn’t result in Karlsson being injured, what will they do to the guy who knocked out their captain?  Hagelin is not Boyle – he may not live to tell the tale.

Carkner definitely gets suspended here.  Fight a guy clean to protect your teammates, that’s hockey.  This is cowardice and can’t be allowed to stand.

3. Andrew Shaw

Goalies are like virgins whose fathers are right inside the front door with a shotgun – don’t touch them, it’s not worth it.  Chicago’s Andrew Shaw collided with Phoenix netminder Mike Smith last night, helmet-to-helmet. Smith went down hard and stayed there for a long time.

Shaw got a five minute charging major, on which the Coyotes scored to take the lead.  He was ejected as well.  Smith eventually got right and stayed in the game… what?  He must have passed whatever on-ice tests are administered immediately following a hit to the head, but this looked like a mandatory trip to the quiet room.  I think a five + game should suffice as Smith wasn’t injured on the play.  The hearing is tomorrow.

What do you think?  More importantly, if they don’t get what the opposition feels they “deserve,” what happens in game three?

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  1. Applause for goalie comparison line. That’s good stuff. I halfway regret dinner and the theater last night (As You Like It – my husband has a Shakespeare obsession) instead of watching the games. I did need some space though. Friday’s Pens game came close to killing me. So while I can’t speak on yesterday’s penalties, I will say I’ll probably get two for instigating with my Flyers fan neighbor today. (Who knew that Fayetteville, NC could be such a rough hockey town?!)

  2. Redders Reply

    More importantly, how many games will Dubrinsky get for abuse of the gatorade container? And what is gatorade anyway? I’m on the other side of the pond, and haven’t seen it over here. I’m assuming it’s some sort of high energy sticky sweet creation…
    in which case the people nearby who got splattered must have been delighted. Not that I blame him, sometimes when you’re THAT angry something needs to die.

    • Gatorade is an electrolyte replacement drink that lots of athletes drink during games. Was actually developed by the University of Florida for their football players like 40+ years ago to replace the fluids and sodium they lose. Prevents cramping too. A staple for pretty much every sports team in the country regardless of sport.

  3. Dotty Reply

    I hope you know you’re using the term “salty” wrong on your twitter account.

    • I’m using some of the alternate definition of salty as defined on urban dictionary.

      Salty can also mean “beautiful, cool, awesome, amazing, worthy of wanting”.

    • It was on that urban dictionary definition. #21 I believe.

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