Pacioretty suspension justified

November 28th, 2011
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Many Habs fans will be crying in indignation tonight at the news that their young power forward, Max Pacioretty, has been suspended for three games. NHL official Brendan Shanahan levied the punishment for his mid-ice hit on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang Saturday night.

Those readers aware of my own allegiances will wonder when the other shoe will drop. Well here it is. Yes, Pacioretty deserved a suspension, but so did Zdeno Chara who ended the Montreal forward’s season by riding his head into the boards. Chara received no suspension. Nor did Milan Lucic when he deliberately ran Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller a few weeks ago, giving him a concussion.

When I wrote about the Pacioretty case last spring, an alert reader pointed out that I hadn’t called for a suspension in a previous, similar case. Fair enough. So here I am, for what it’s worth, trying to be consistent and calling for consistency in the NHL. While I’ll do my best with the former, I’m not holding my breath for the latter.

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By John Weissenberger