It was an eventful evening in NHL violence, we’ve got four instances to check in with from Thursday, March 11, 2011. Let’s get to it.
Exhibit A: Mike Komisarek cross-checks Philadelphia’s Dan Carcillo in the lower back mere feet from the boards.
Verdict: Komisarek didn’t appear to hit Carcillo too hard, but the Flyers agitator may have lost an edge or is just adept at diving. Komisarek received a five-minute major for boarding and was ejected. Supplemental discipline is unlikely, but never say never.
Exhibit B: Zdeno Chara is about 9-inches taller than the average NHLer and freakishly strong. Chara touches Steve Montador, knocking him to the ice where he would subsequently slide into the boards.
Verdict: Chara’s reputation is of mixed opinion right now, he appears to be a victim of hypersensitive officiating. Chara was assessed a boarding penalty on the play and NESN’s Jack Edwards was not happy about it.
Exhibit C: The Phoenix Coyotes exact revenge on an NHL official in the name of Montreal’s David Desharnais.
Verdict: Take that, ya bastards!
Exhibit D: Caveman Dion Phaneuf missed the net by about 4′ with a stupid high slap shot and the puck deflected off of Mikhail Grabovski’s head and into the net. It’s a goal!
Verdict: You see kids, it’s either along the ice or at your leading scorer’s head.
Dear Dion, it was cool when you leveled Komisarek in warmup, but you’re lucky Grabovski didn’t deepthroat that puck. Lay off the arm curls and get that thing some accuracy.