Just Ducks Being Ducks: NHL Thugs in Anaheim

March 18th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The Matt Cooke hit inspired the league to change the rules on head-hunting, but Anaheim's James Wisniewski apparently did not get the message. Wednesday, he lined up Brent Seabrook on the boards and targeted his head (view here ).

He should have gotten a match penalty for the hit on a defenseless player and an ejection. Instead, he received a two-minute minor.

When asked if he would face a suspension, he said, "I hope not," Wisniewski said. "I didn't do anything wrong. The result of what happened isn't good, but there wasn't anything wrong that I did."

Really, James? Because it was a boarding (hit from behind against the boards on a defenceless player, which is supposed to be a match penalty), charging (more than two strides directly at a player; this was over 20 feet), roughing (elbow to the head with arm extended), and interference (he had long since passed the puck).

But you did nothing wrong. And we are just supposed to believe it was a coincidence that this followed a hard but completely legal hit by Seabrook on Corey Perry?

And that is just it: Anaheim has played this way for so long, they and their fa ...

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