Let's face it - you didn't know if the NHL would announce zero games for Kunitz and zero for Downie. You didn't know if the NHL would announce 10 games for Kunitz, 10 games for Downie. You didn't know if the NHL would say 10 games for one guy, zero for the other. You had no idea - and you never will, when it comes to these things. That's how crazy random this league seems to be with this stuff. Zero games, one game, two games, 10 games. Spin the wheel! Let me put it this way - if you or I had to guess on suspensions for each incident all year - say 50 of them - we would each be correct about five times. And all five would be luck.


Dave Bolland is apparently good to go for Game 4.


The Rangers have returned Mats Zuccarello to Hartford of the AHL.


The Bruins signed feisty prospect Tyler Randall to an ELC. A potential scrappy fourth liner whom they drafted 179th overall in 2009.


The Kings signed Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Weal to contracts. Toffoli is ranked 22nd on my prospects list, and was the recent topic of Jeff Renaud's Prospect Prescription. Weal is 315.


The Panthers signed promising young defenseman Alex Petrovic, who was the 36th overall pick last summer. He's still several years away, but his upside is quite high offensively.


Ryan Malone left last night's contest with an UBI.


So far in the postseason, Tyler Myers is pointless, minus-3 and has at least a minor in every game. That sounds to me like he's been a liability so far.


MA Gragnani, who is one of the topics in my THN column today and who I noted yesterday as a guy to keep an eye on, picked up two more points yesterday. He has four now and is a plus-1. He has yet to put his team a man down.


I'm not saying Myers needs to be scratched - but sit him down and have a long, passionate discussion. Put him on the right path and see how he responds.


Nik Zherdev finally draws in and he scores a goal. He saw just eight minutes of ice time, but if his presence opens up more ice for the top line (Jeff Carter finally picked up his first two points), then the Flyers should consider keeping him in - and leave Nodl out.


The Sabres outshot the Flyers, but the Flyers finally got some stability in net. Boucher stopped 35 of 37


The Devils have signed undrafted goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Union College. The 21-year old was 25-10-3, 1.99 and 0.920 last year. This is a significant signing because Martin Brodeur is winding down and there is currently no sure-fire replacement for him. Most college goaltenders remain in the AHL, so don’t pin your hopes on anything happening here, but like I said – the situation is ideal in New Jersey.


The Oilers have signed forward Curtis Hamilton to a three-year contract. Hamilton is ranked 171 on my prospects list. He plays a power game, so that likely means that the numbers won’t come for a little while.


More Avery brilliance. I love this guy:



Kunitz elbows Gagne to the head. Completely unnecessary. He got two minutes:



Downie hhhhhhammers Lovejoy. Wow! No penalty. Which was worse? Either suspendable?



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UKflames said:

Suspensions, not So the NHL s%$t the bed again, took the good old line of "lets keep everything fair" and "it's the playoffs" and hands out 1 game to each of them, WHAT smilies/angry.gif There is no way that Kunitz should have only got one game.
Makes me sad that it is going to take a career ending injury, or worse a death, before the NHL stamps on plays like the one Kunitz made, regardless of what time in the season.
April 20, 2011
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Martin Cloutier said:

Suspensions Nobody should be surprised that Kunitz and Downie get the same number of games, so things even out. It could have been 0, 1, 2 - anymore would have surprised me in the playoffs. Remember the 2 one-game suspensions Pronger got a few years back. But it was obvious they would get the same number, like referees trying to even out the number of PP teams get.
April 19, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... I dont understand the suspension policy at all. Downie's play was a penalty, not worthy of a suspension. Are players going to get suspended for slashing minors now? Kunitz was much worse yet got the same. Torres no suspension (after just getting one) while Downie is suspended? Seems clear to me that the policy is absurdly subjective to the bias of Campbell. What about Stoll, elbow to the head and pins the head on the boards, only got 1 game??? Show some consistency please.
April 19, 2011
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mike hess said:

Avery Got to love a guy like Avery who will go to any extreme to help his team win...just wish he had more talent....smilies/grin.gif
April 19, 2011
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Bur said:

Downie done for playoffs! Right on Larry!
no difference between McAmmond and Lovejoy hits.
NHL has set precedence in Downie's case and will suspend.
Given that Tampa has 2 (maybe 3) games left, I don't expect to see him again.

good riddance.
April 19, 2011
Votes: +0

Martin said:

Downie Downie was getting a penalty, however the Pens came down the ice on the delayed penalty and scored, so he didn't even get a chance to go to the box.
April 19, 2011
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Larry said:

... No penalty on Downie? yikes. HUGE difference between that hit and Torres- he left his feet-definately suspendable. Kunitz's elbow is the dumbest play of the playoffs (so far)
Downie- 2-3 games (if you leave your feet like that-its no longer a 'hockey play')Hes a repeat offender- very similar to his hit on McAmmond a few years back(he got 20+ games for that!)
Kunitz-3-5 games, absolutley not a hockey play.
April 19, 2011
Votes: +0

Darcy Sulz said:

Re: Gragnani Gragnani still made some stupid decisions in his own end, so Myers isn't much more a liability than him. Myers is getting the tougher minutes against top forwards (next to Weber/Butler). Potential is there for sure for Gragnani.
April 19, 2011
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Dobber said:

... Michal - great observation. Clearly the Lidstrom factor at play here. When Lidstrom is a superstar and a famous legend by the age of 25, all the five-year-olds wanna be like him. Fifteen years later, we have a lot of 19-23 year old Swedish defensemen who are just plain awesome.
April 19, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

... What comes to my mind a lot lately is high level of defensemen up and coming from Sweden in last couple of years.
We all know Hedman, Ekman-Larsson, Erik Karlsson, Carl Gunnarsson already making impact as rookies, or sophomore..Tim Erixon and David Rundblad (amazing season in Sweden) possibly coming to NHL in next couple of years and there is Adam Larsson supposed to be drafted among top 5 this year. With Edler and Enstrom approaching their prime and Lundqvist in goal it's gonna be "fun" for any national team to play against them...
April 19, 2011
Votes: +0

duducks said:

suspensions I wouldn't suspend Downie for that hit. He should've had a 5 minute charge called on him, but the refs missing a penalty isn't reason for suspension.

Two recent similar elbow suspensions have both been 2 games. I'd expect them to give the exact same.

2 games for Kunitz, 0 for Downie.
April 19, 2011
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UKflames said:

Playoffs, so what!! That was not a hit by Kunitz, that was a deliberate and timed elbow to the side of the head of Gagne. It was premeditated, planned and executed to the full. You can clearly see in replays that he sticks the elbow out well before he gets to Gagne. I don't care whether it is the playoffs or not, if you take a cheap shot like that you deserve to be suspended for 5+ games, then you can answer to the rest of your team for putting yourself, and possibly them, out of the playoffs.
Rant over smilies/wink.gif
April 19, 2011
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shaun b said:

Which One is Worst? Instead of asking which one is worst, which should be obvious to anyone, we should instead just strictly be discussing how gross the Kunitz elbow was. Brutal. I can't believe Gagne didn't stay down for at least a minute or so.
April 19, 2011
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dennis said:

Suspensions Kunitz gets 1 game. Downie gets none. That's my random guess about the wheel of justice. If they did not suspend Torres how could you possibly suspend Downie? Downie's was more charging than anything.
April 19, 2011
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Brayden said:

Downie Downie did get a penalty but didn't serve it because the Pens went down and scored before Tampa touched the puck. Kerry Fraser, on TSN, thought it should have been a major but no suspension. Downie clearly leaves his feet and launches himself into Lovejoy, we'll see when they spin the wheel though, where it lands.

Kunitz play is similar to the Heatley one, Heater got 2 games. This being playoffs I expect one game for Kunitz.
April 19, 2011
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gerald said:

... Downie's hit was just a huge hit - yes he left his feet, give him 2 for charging. Lovejoy himself said after the game that it was a fine hit, he felt the contact in his chest first, and you expect that in play off hockey. If he's fine with it, I'm fine with it.

Kunitz's hit disgusts me - completely unnecessary, you can't say it was accidental in any sense of the word. I hope he gets 6+ games. That's the exact sort of play that has no place in the NHL.
April 19, 2011
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