Re: Ballard's hit on Campbell identical to Marchand's hit on Salo
posted at 1/9/2012 6:19 AM EST
In Response to Re: Ballard's hit on Campbell identical to Marchand's hit on Salo
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ballard's hit on Campbell identical to Marchand's hit on Salo : The problem with your reponse, Crowls, is that it does not address my post. My post states nothing of the penalty called, but instead addresses two separate and very different hits. And unlike others, I'm not doing the circus seal on my knees in front of Marchand. No one can say he's not a dirty player (see the suspension for the filty elbow to Umberger's head last season and his slew footing antics for more on this), but I get called to the mat for saying that he is.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
If that is your main point, then I will stipulate the hits are different. Ballard plays on the Canucks, while Marchand plays on the Bruins. Ballard's hit is from a d-man's posture while Marchand's contact is initiated while going for a loose puck. Big deal.
I am on record as saying the Niskanen slew-foot was dirty and should have earned him a game or two. That said, I do not think this hit is a penalty as defined by the rule. Unfortunately, I still think he will be suspended because of the following:
- he was fined, not suspended for the slew-foot
- he was assessed a major by on ice officials
- Salo is being reported to have a concussion
- Shanahan caved to the pressure when assessing the Lucic suspension
When the suspension announcement comes down, if it is 1-2 games, I'll be ok with it. That is what he should have got for the slew-foot, so justice is ultimately served (make-up call). Anything more than that, it will be further evidence that Shanahan has lost control and is caving to the likes of Gillis and the internet swirl (see Lucic).
If Shanahan has the courage to call it like it is...not even a penalty, then I will be impressed. That just is not my expectation.
NAS, my guess is that when the suspension comes down you will be celebrating like a Canuck fan? Maybe jumping on the web with some more "Marchand is dirty, I wish he weren't a Bruin" rhetoric? The folks on TSN.com will really love you for it. It will be more documented evidence for you to pull out to continue your crusade, like your mentioning of that "filthy" elbow on Umberger in the post I am responding to.
After all, he will have as many suspensions and fines as Lucic, another dirty Bruin, right? Looking forward to more "Lucic is dirty, I wish he weren't a Bruin" threads from you.