Martin Hanzal One Game Suspension for Hit on Dustin Brown

Now I only have the liberty of my imagination when it comes to live Los Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to only being able to listen to it on the radio with such an intense work, school, and volunteer schedule and no cable television. (No I am not searching for brownie points) However, there is so much speculation to the trifecta of hits deemed out in last night’s Game 2 in the driest place in America, Glendale, AZ.

The video review I, as a “writer,” am privileged to see via (public eyes only) adds to the frustration as an NHL fan, in general, to Brendan Shanahan’s selective competency when it comes to clean/unclean hits.

Let’s briefly review two videos. One hit and Mike Smith’s pout-n-tickle of Dustin Brown’s seismic right leg:

the hit.

Notice the complete disregard for the play itself by Derek Morris after Scuderi passed it to Justin Williams? Yea me too… Shanahan didn’t…

the tickle.

I understand I am young, but I remember the days when players willingly looked  to engage in the possibility of face-spelunking (pummeling each others faces in to chasms) at the hands of their opponent. However, player safety is tantamount to negligent displays of aggression. You can’t let players get away with things because, like children, they will continue to push the envelope.

Anyways that’s my brief rant on the subject. I hope a huge, clean, legal hit reigns down on a Coyotes players tomorrow at the Stape. With all the good sportsmanship and puppy dogs, and sugar-sticks to follow.


… or not.



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