Why does the NHL have to epically fail every time they must take disciplinary action on someone?
Cases in point:
Alex Ovechkin- I’m a huge fan of Ovie and I’ll try to be as impartial as I can, but there’s no guarantees here. The league suspended Ovie for two games for breaking Brian Campbell. I personally don’t believe that he was trying to injure Campbell, but it happened and Ovie’s paying the price for it.
To me, it wasn’t dirty. Ovechkin is a reckless rebel. He sometimes gets carried away and too forcefully passionate. While watching the game, I saw the hit and just had a horrible feeling that Ovie would get suspended.
Verdict: reckless and dangerous and definitely not dirty, but the league made the right call.
Steve Downie- To put it bluntly, I hate Sidney Crosby. However, this was a dirty, dirty hit. Downie is a repeat offender and a dirtbag. Guess what his punishment was? A fine. What bemuses me about this one is that this was Bettman’s boy who was the victim…I’m just surprised Downie didn’t get, like, a lifetime ban. Seriously, though, I didn’t like the way Crosby fell. He’s lucky he’s alright.
Verdict: dirty all the way…Sid didn’t even have to dive on that one, it was so dirty. The NHL got this one wrong
Matt Cooke- This is the one that really makes me angry. Cooke is a repeat offender who deliberately tried to injure Boston’s star player. It was obviously dirty and yet the league didn’t suspend him. Oh sure, it’s not technically illegal, but that shouldn’t matter when the intent to injure was there.
Verdict: dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, DIRTY. Completely wrong call by the league.