The NHL may be coming under fire for its lack of discipline on Zdeno Chara, but Tampa’s Pavel Kubina wasn’t so lucky in escaping the hammer of justice on Thursday. Kubina was handed a three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Chicago’s Dave Bolland Wednesday night.
There was no penalty on the play and, unfortunteatly, the only video we could scare up of the incident was this lousy piece:
Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes with more on the incident and discipline:
Bolland had to leave the game with what was said to be a possible concussion. Kubina will lose $60,096.76 in salary and miss games Friday against the Senators, Saturday against the Panthers and Monday against the Maple Leafs. He can return March 17 against the Canadiens.
Clearly, Kubina’s suspension history came in to play on the NHL’s decision on this one. Zdeno Chara, regardless of your stance on the Pacioretty hit, doesn’t have a checkered past quite like Kubina – but the NHL approaches discipline much like Shaquille O’Neal approached shooting free throws in his prime: you make one, you miss one.
Say, anybody remember that Ladislav Smid hit from behind on Wednesday?