Welcome to the pilot episode of Guess the Suspension, the new game show where we look at a few controversial incidents from the NHL and try to figure out if an action is worthy of suspension, and if so, how many games?   Each episode will feature a fun trick you can use to help win future games.  I’m your host, Howard “The Kandy Man” Kanderton.  Get out a piece of paper and a pencil at home, because we can all play this from the comfort of our computer chairs!  Now let’s get started! And remember… if you figure out the trick, don’t spoil it for other people. 

Round 1: Should This be a Boarding Suspension? If Yes, for How Long?

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Lucic on Spacekhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAP657MO4Zo
Stoll on Whitehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCzWOwPE3oI
Hjalmarsson on Pominvillehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTbA1y6vvig
Lucic on Joneshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8gEfh4L0_0
Upshall on Bartulishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LMqknpgR60
Lucic on Allenhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAXEJ3TXqh4

Ok, do you have your guesses written down?  Pencils down! Here are the answers:

Lucic on Spacek – 0 Games
Stoll on White – 1 Game
Hjalmarsson on Pominville – 2 Games
Lucic on Jones – 0 Games
Upshall on Bartulis – 2 Games
Lucic on Allen – 0 Games 

How’d you do?  It’s tough, but that’s why it’s fun. Ok, let’s move on to Round 2, where the questions are a bit harder. 

Round 2: Does this Punch Deserve a Suspension?  If Yes, for How Long? 

Eager on Armstronghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4IaryXevTA
Lucic on Hedmanhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIUmQQRh5Ps
Lucic on Kaletahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMvfWfuH9IQ
Shelley on Albertshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4IaryXevTA
Lucic on Meyerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlRTI0e9OBs
Martin on Talbothttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITrWWuUBEII&feature=related
Carcillo on Bradleyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y7_iGqQ5ks 

Guesses written down?  Ok, here are the answers:

Eager on Armstrong – 4 Games
Lucic on Hedman – 0 Games
Lucic on Kaleta – 0 Games
Shelley on Alberts – 2 Games
Lucic on Meyer – 0 Games
Martin on Talbot – 4 Games
Carcillo on Bradley – 4 Games

 Pencils down!  How’d you do?  That one was actually a bit harder, but the idea is to make each round a little harder than the last.  Have you figured out the trick?

Ok, now this next one is a bit of a test, but if you’ve managed to figure out what the trick is it should be really easy.  Remember, don’t spoil it for your friends! 

 Round 3: Is this Goalie Hit Deserving of a Suspension?  If so, How Long?

 Lucic on Millerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERA-GY2K1o
Tootoo on Miller -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc0tQGwTHH4

Guesses in?  Pencils down!  Ok, the answers:

 Lucic on Miller – 0 Games
Tootoo on Miller – 2 Games

 Did you remember to use the trick?  Ok, for those of you who haven’t figured it out: ***SPOILER ALERT***  The trick is to keep in mind that when you haven’t been suspended before, you are a clean player that should not be suspended.  Since Milan Lucic has only been suspended once, and for only one game (and only for crosschecking someone in the face), he is a clean player and therefore undeserving of suspensions.  Except in Round 3, where we threw you a bit of a curveball, because the answer we have received from head office is that Lucic didn’t mean to. 

Well I hope you enjoyed our first episode of Guess the Suspension, and I hope you remember to use the trick you learned for future rounds.  Join us next week for our second episode, “Is this Roughing?” where you’ll learn a whole new trick!

Comments (4)

  1. Can you clarify your point?

    Is it that the league is inconsistent or that Lucic gets away with everything? If it was the former, you need better data to support your point, because as it is, the only one who never gets suspended is Lucic. You couldn’t find anyone else who threw a punch or had a questionable hit and didn’t get suspended?

    Or is it just another argument that the Bruins never get suspended for everything? If this is your point, you never come out and say it, and if it is, you also need to look at other non-suspensions. You can’t just choose Lucic plus people who have been suspended as your sample.

    It seems like you’re addressing several controversies in the NHL in one post.

    There’s a point to be made about league discipline, and I’ll agree with that, but your selection bias here is glaring and muddies your argument, whichever it is.

    You’ve either put the cart before the horse, however correct that arrangement might appear, or forgotten the cart altogether.

    • 10 separate incidents from Lucic, a few of which were BLATANT (The Meyer and Hedman ones are just disgusting) for a grand total of 0 games suspended. Annnnnd….”he hasn’t come out and said it”? It’s not an isolated incident. There are TEN examples from one player in FOUR years. There is no selection bias, there’s an incredibly distinct trend or pattern, whichever you’d prefer.

    • I’ll come out and say it. Boston gets away with everything. Whether it’s Chara, Lucic, Marchand, or whoever, they get away with everything. They are easily the dirtiest team in the NHL, and they get away with it because the league turns a blind eye. It’s utter bullshit, and I wish some team would sign Yablonski, Mirasty and Brennan in order to kick the crap out of them.

  2. Good blog. Just the right amount of facts and sarcasm.

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