Well, it’s a new season and another Boston Bruin makes a cheap, dirty play.
This old scene is becoming as predictable as a Jennifer Aniston movie.
Only this time, this season, NHL fans (outside of Boston) figured there would be a different outcome to the same old story.
With the introduction of new NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, and his nit-picking start to the season when it came to dirty hits and headshots, NHL fans figured that the old Colin Campbell days were over.
Surely Milan Lucic would be penalized for his hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Lucic after all doesn’t have a clean reputation, and goalies have usually been protected from hits, whether or not they were outside the crease.
Lucic lowered his shoulder to make a hit and bowled over Ryan Miller on the open ice outside the crease, giving Miller a concussion, then saying (well, lying with), “I didn’t have time to stop.”
Really? You’ve been a professional hockey player for how long and you couldn’t avoid hitting Miller? No one’s that stupid, buddy. I think even I could have avoided that hit and I’m awful on skates.
Yet somehow, Shanahan ate it up as if someone like Milan Lucic would never think of hitting another player. Not our sweet little Lucic!
In fact, rather than be stern with Lucic, Shanahan preferred to have a stronger reaction to the Sabres’ organization for suggesting that Shanahan declared open season on goaltenders.
Shanahan responded with:
“I think Buffalo’s comments are irresponsible to suggest that it’s open season… I will have this warning for players: ‘It’s not. If you run a goalie, you’re going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you’re going to have to explain yourself and you don’t explain it sufficiently, and if I don’t buy it, you’re going to be suspended.’”
Sooooo I still don’t see how this ISN’T declaring open season on goalies, Brendan. Forgive me if I’m confused, but if you somehow bought Lucic’s idiotic lie about not being able to stop, then you’re a very gullible man and will then most likely believe other lies that come from players in the future.
To sum things up, based on that “hearing” with Lucic, players shouldn’t have a problem convincing Shanahan of their innocence, whether they’re innocent or not.
After all, Lucic is the sweetest most honest, cleanest player in the NHL. Why would Shanahan ever doubt his word?