Yave, as much as I'd like to agree here being a Pens fan, I just can't. Itshay happens in every game, we can complain about it, but it doesn't matter. When you carelessly swing your stick at someone, no matter what's happened prior to that, you deserver what you get.
As a generic hockey fan, I don't want to ever see someone injured by a swinging stick. Heck, he could just as well have hit Letang or Crosby, he didn't know who was back there. He's luck he didn't hurt someone.
I chose one game, but not for the reason in the choice.
I don't care that he missed. The intent was there, and it was an extremely dangerous play.
But reality aside, despite prior actions he's officially a first time offender. One game is sufficient given that.
Hopefully now the league is actually paying attention.
for me this is justice served too late.
Malkin plays dirty, he's a cheap shot, elbow swinging, hot head and it's about goddamned time he visits the league office for his behavior.
That guy has gotten away with far less having done a lot more. If now 10 years into his career the NHL feels its time start holding him accountable for his actions, I say better late than never.
I am no fan of punching a guy with your gloves on...unless it leads to gloves off. Raffl isn't exactly a g
First of all, this was far from a mauling. The crosscheck was barely a penalty--in fact it is rarely called unless into the boards--it was as much of a push as a crosscheck--as was the tap to Malkins head. I could see maybe an instigator penalty should've been called.
Malkins response was a head level swing of the stick toward Raffl--he damn near hit him. What do you think Malkins intent was? You don't swing your stick like that for nothing.
IMO he got pissed off and lost control..Hon