Thursday, May 21, 2009
UPDATE: Here's the video of the mess
You had the Canes basically just trying to start shit with anyone on Pittsburgh that would respond. You had Bayda
So what's my point? Well, there's all this talk that the NHL is trying to do away with this kind of shit at the end of games, especially when they are already decided. There's no reason for players to be going out there just to take cheap shots.
Remember back when Carcillo got suspended for taking a cheap shot at Maxime Talbot toward the end of Game 1 of the Pens/Flyers series?
There. Now you do. That's the kind of crap the NHL is trying to do away with...especially in the playoffs. Now in no way am I saying anything that happened between the Canes/Pens tonight warrants a suspension, but I just wanted to throw this out there:
If the NHL wants to do away with this kind of shit at the end of games...wouldn't making penalties carry over to the next playoff game help to eliminate some of that?
Think about tonight for example: If the penalties carried over, you'd have Pittsburgh starting Game 3...in Carolina...with about a 4 minutes left of a 5 minute major penalty. You'd have Kris Letang, a major PP contributor, basically sitting in the box for 10 minutes, Bayda probably out for the game, and then a couple other players in the box. Makes for an interesting game plan on off days no? And you would definitely have to think that coaches and players would think twice about "sending a message" at the end of the game.
Because really...what is the point of handing out penalties once the game has ended? Well if they carried over, then we'd have a point...and a consequence for the penalized team's actions.
I realize this wouldn't work in the regular season, but hey, I never said this was a perfect plan...I just thought it was a good subject to debate. Personally, I think starting crap like that is a good way for a team that is down to say "hey, look bitches, we aren't going to go away quietly". But when you're the NHL and would rather show concern for player safety, maybe this is an option.
So lets take a vote:
I'll update this with video footage of the "brawl" tomorrow since it isn't available right now.