Three days ago, the NHL’s general managers told the league that they want stiffer suspensions handed out for the dirty stuff that happens out there on the ice.
Ask, and you shall receive, says the NHL!
Since then, both San Jose’s Dany Heatley and Boston’s Brad Marchand have been slapped with two-game bans for moments of stupidity during Tuesday night’s action.
I don’t know what Heatley was thinking when he skated past Dallas’ Steve Ott and hit him with a blatant elbow to the dome in the third period of a 6-3 Sharks win. As for Marchand, I’m not too sure what was going through his mind either – he skated up behind Columbus’ RJ Umberger and walloped him on the back of the head with his elbow.
I realize that dirty stuff like that is probably “heat of the moment” type stuff, but did either of these guys think that they’d get away with what they did, especially given the timing? At least wait a week or two! (After the jump: Is Lecavalier next?) (more…)