It’s getting hot in here, and Brendan Shanahan’s phone was ringing off the hook yesterday. Three players face disciplinary hearings for offenses committed during Saturday’s run of show…
1. Carl Hagelin
Former Foxy Friday and Ryan Gosling stun- double Carl Hagelin is not known for throwing elbows and getting dirrrty. But the playoffs make people do crazy things. He took out Daniel Alfredsson with a very high hit yesterday.
Alfredsson, the Sens’ captain, did not return to the game. There’s been no update on Alfredsson’s status. Hagelin served a five minute major and will be sentenced today. Tortorella said “wah!” but that’s what he always says.
2. Matt Carkner
This guy is off his anger-management meds. Boyle had a goal in game 1 and got into it with Karlsson to the tune of matching roughing minors. It merits the clean check Carkner throws to start this, and probably a fight. I understand protecting your most valuable asset. But Carkner doesn’t square off, he jumps Boyle and drags him face-down across the ice under the dogpile.
Carkner got five for fighting, two for instigating and ejected. Brandon Dubinsky was the third man into the fight and also got himself a game misconduct. He took his frustration out on the Gatorade cooler.
This series is officially ugly. I think Shanahan will suspend Hagelin for one game, especially if Alfie can’t play tomorrow. The hit was directly to the head and otherwise you open it up to chaos. If Carkner went after Boyle for a play that didn’t result in Karlsson being injured, what will they do to the guy who knocked out their captain? Hagelin is not Boyle – he may not live to tell the tale.
Carkner definitely gets suspended here. Fight a guy clean to protect your teammates, that’s hockey. This is cowardice and can’t be allowed to stand.
3. Andrew Shaw
Goalies are like virgins whose fathers are right inside the front door with a shotgun – don’t touch them, it’s not worth it. Chicago’s Andrew Shaw collided with Phoenix netminder Mike Smith last night, helmet-to-helmet. Smith went down hard and stayed there for a long time.
Shaw got a five minute charging major, on which the Coyotes scored to take the lead. He was ejected as well. Smith eventually got right and stayed in the game… what? He must have passed whatever on-ice tests are administered immediately following a hit to the head, but this looked like a mandatory trip to the quiet room. I think a five + game should suffice as Smith wasn’t injured on the play. The hearing is tomorrow.
What do you think? More importantly, if they don’t get what the opposition feels they “deserve,” what happens in game three?