Here was Alex Ponikarovsky’s hit on Dan Hamhuis a few weeks ago.
And here was Alex Burrows’ on Vernon Fiddler tonight.
One hit got a 2-minute minor penalty. The other got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
Guess which hit got which penalty.
Earlier this morning, Tony Gallagher (Vancouver Province) wrote about fans’ general mistrust of the NHL. Inconsistent officiating, much like we saw in tonight’s 3-1 loss to the Coyotes, doesn’t help the league’s credibility. Especially when the team that benefited the most from the officiating was the team owned by the league itself.