Shanahan corrupt: wants Kings to win series

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Incidentally, the Kings did hear from Brendan Shanahan regarding Dwight King’s hit on Alex Pietrangelo, and they were told that the on-ice call — a two-minute boarding penalty — was correct.


“But wait: isn’t the league supposed to be cracking down on head-shots?”

Yes. King’s contact with Pietrangelo was not a head-shot. It was a reckless play which involved a player in a vulnerable position relative to the boards. Thus: boarding.

“It should have been a major!”

A major boarding penalty is appropriate if the ref believes the check was (1) especially violent, or (2) an attempt to injure. It was neither.

“But he’s our best player!”

Right. The usual complaint leveled at the league is that they don’t punish star-players but always punish role-players. King, however, is a role-player.

There are penalties for reckless and/or dangerous behavior. That’s why King was penalized.


  10 comments for “Shanahan corrupt: wants Kings to win series

  1. April 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I was just saying that Colaiacovo’s comment that the hit was “vicious” was ridiculous.  Like, that guy can’t be serious, right?  King BARELY pushed him from behind.  I don’t want to see Pietrangelo hurt, but it wasn’t vicious and it wasn’t intentional.  Take a dose of reality.

    • April 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

       Maybe he meant “viscous.”

      • April 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        It’s possible.  It was a very fluid hit.  And there was a lot of fluid coming from Pietrangelo’s chin after.

        • USHA#17
          April 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

          Just didn’t flow fast enough to quench St. Louis’ thirst.

  2. Rbblogger
    April 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    King eased up ….big time, he could have totally buried him. On ice call was correct. I hope Pietrangelo will be okay.

  3. Garrett79
    April 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    If Petro can’t go for St Louis, should the Kings dress Westgarth tonight? The Blues could well be looking for some retribution on the Kings’ star players. Or they could just try to win the hockey game, it being the playoffs and all.

    • April 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      I don’t believe enforcers deter anything. Westgarth won’t fight someone who runs doughty. He’ll just skate around a few shifts later and ask people to fight. Which no one will.

      Anyway, King and Nolan (and Clifford, when he’s better) can handle whatever comes up. Not to mention Brown or Mitchell.

      • USHA#17
        April 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        I have to agree that fighting (in its current form) solves nothing.  In days of yore things were different.  A player fought for his space or faded.  Now its a joke. 

        About the only spontaneous fight I’d  recently seen was Richards squared off against Hanzal in an emotional reaction to Quick being run.

        Hats off to Hanzal for electing to not pummel Richards (Hanzal had the opening and ability and instead merely contained him).  One hit could have easily re-concussed Richards for the year.   

        Fans who picked up the game less then 20 years ago can hardly be expected to understand the days of Plett, Durbano, Shultz, Butcher and Williams playing Hutchison, Holt, Maloney and Wilson; the fight or play golf era.

        PS  I hope Hanzal ends up second guessing his decision come the Western Finals!

        • DougS
          April 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

          True — I remember listening to Bob and (IIRC) Rich Marotta calling the Kings-Flyers game that set the record for most PIM in a game. Can’t imagine something like that happening now.

          Also agree with Quisp that there’s no point in dressing Westgarth just because you think the Blues are going to retaliate. I they’re determined to take out Doughty, that’s not going to stop them.  And I’d add Fraser to the list of guys who can handle whatever comes up. I think he’s fearless enough.

  4. JamesFlagg
    May 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    With Vancouver out, there is a distinct “conspiracy void”  in the playoffs….the only real WTF decision out of the league office was the Weber “punishment”, and it’s just hard to get your head around a “Nashville conspiracy”….a Los Angeles team is always good for conspiracy theories (note the NBA conspiracy theories on why Metta’s suspension was so light), but since most of the NHL considers the Kings to be on a distant planet, it’s a little harder to sell…..

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