There have been two instances of supplementary discipline handed down in the NHL since the start of the playoffs.
The first was to Milan Lucic for a needless and gutless spear on Danny DeKeyser, which netted him a $5,000 fine, the maximum for someone who does not have to go through a phone hearing. That was the second spear Lucic doled out to an opponent in about three weeks, but the first for which he heard from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
The second was obviously much bigger: A three-game ban to Brent Seabrook for trying to see if he could all the way through David Backes’ body if he hit him hard enough.Of course, given that, as of this morning, a total of 21 games have taken place in the NHL, that doesn’t feel like it’s a ton or anything. Especially given the gravity and apparent intensity exhibited in pretty much all the series played to this point. That Chicago/St. Louis and Detroit/Boston were the two to have boiled over into the range of needing DOPS to step in; the former is a hotly-contested rivalry to begin with played between two teams that still value the hell out of being able to beat the hell out of their opponents, while the latter is being played between a team that will never fight back and one that delights in straddling and sometimes stepping over the line of proper physical play. Read the rest of this entry »