Breaking down the Leafs & Canucks’ violent third period

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The Toronto Maple Leafs played a great game of run-and-gun hockey last night. They put six pucks into the back of the net and are now the clear leaders in every single offensive metric other than goals for; in fact, they’re on pace to be the most eager offensive team of the past decade.

But that’s not the story of last night’s game. The story is the fits of rage that ensued. So let’s go through all of these, one by one.

Act I: Kadri hits Daniel Sedin, fights Hansen

Until the mid-late point of the third period, this game was actually pretty calm. The Leafs were outshooting and outscoring the Canucks, and everybody in Toronto was having a grand ol’ time. But then Morgan Rielly threw a heavy hit on Jannik Hansen, and seconds later, Nazem Kadri put his body into Daniel Sedin’s.

That’s where the wheels came off. Daniel’s shot was in the net, but he was on the ground with his helmet off. Hansen, already furious about being toppled seconds before, came to the defense of his linemate.

This morning, the NHL ruled that Kadri wouldn’t face a hearing or any sort of punishment for the hit, much to the outrage of everyone in Vancouver and most neutral parties. Honestly, it’s hard to blame them.

There are two different angles that we have of the hit. One of them, it looks like Kadri catches the shoulder first. The other, it looks like Kadri cuts in front of the shoulder and gets the body. That makes a big difference to the Department of Player Safety; VP Damian Echevarrieta noted that blindside hits aren’t directly illegal, and require the head to be the initial point of contact. As Pierre Lebrun pointed out, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen fought hard for all blindside hits to be punishable months ago, but his efforts were shot down.

Technically speaking, that makes giving Kadri punishment beyond his five-minute charging major an incredibly difficult task. After all, conclusive evidence is needed to punish him under the rule, and based on the angles that the broadcast gave us, they weren’t there.

But that seems like a fault of the rule more than anything. If Kadri managed to graze his shoulder first, it doesn’t change the fact that he came in from a long distance, through the blind side, and that 90% of his impact was delivered to the head. By the book, it might be too gray to use in the rule pallette. But that means that the book needs some reviewing; if we stop pinching and loopholes and take the hit for what it was as a sum, that’s a hit that shouldn’t be in the game anymore, and fits most of the requirements of a multi-game suspension. Needless to say, Kadri likely dodged a bullet here, especially as a repeat offender who may have seen a hefty punishment had it fit the requirements.

Act II: Dorsett fights Komarov

The two sides weren’t pleased to leave it at just that. Derek Dorsett and Matt Martin had been yapping at each other throughout the game, and it finally culminated… in Dorsett going after Komarov. Martin, as you can see, was not very amused, and started yelling at the Canucks enforcer after all was said and done.

First off, shoutout to cooler heads prevailing here. The linesman did a spectacular job getting Dorsett the hell off the ice before he could go charge the Leafs bench to have the fight he was avoiding the entire game. Meanwhile, Martin knew to only go as far off the bench as one leg; say what you will about him being a David Clarkson-esque signing, he’s still only here for half the dollars, half the years, falls half as often, and, as you can see, knew to stop at half way towards an automatic 10 game suspension.

Also, Komarov through this entire thing is the best. He gets close enough to holding his own during the fight, yaps a bit, but mostly has a massive grin every step of the way. Leo forever.

Act III: Burrows spears Rielly, Rielly fights Burrows

Despite neither of these two being enforcers, this fight was pretty pre-meditated. In fact, the origins of it come on the same shift as the Kadri hit. As you can see here, Burrows flails his stick in Rielly’s direction as he skates by after knocking over Hansen. It’s hard to conclusively confirm its an attempt to make contact, but as you can see, it’s there:

What isn’t hard to see is the flying spear that Burrows gives Rielly a few minutes later. Eventually, they get to yapping, and then wrestle at centre ice. 

Burrows avoided discipline as well, which I suppose is fair for the wrong reasons with Kadri getting off scott-free. Both the bench incident and the spear should be non-starters in any other case, though; if not a suspension, certainly fines should be in order. But, in the madness of this game, they got de-prioritized.

Act IV: All hell breaks loose

Remember how I have Matt Martin some credit after the chirp-fest with Dorsett? He loses a bit of it here. On the same shift were Babcock told him to “make sure there’s no trouble”, he starts the trouble. After more skilled players in Kadri, Komarov, and Rielly got out of their own messes, he started the biggest one of the bunch.

Not that Martin is an awful player, but when you give someone a tough guy role, these are the things that end up happening in the moment. To his credit, he admitted that things went “a little over the top”, but here we were, watching him wail on rookie Troy Stetcher after a hit and a shove. Now, you know how that’s going to make Ryan Miller feel, given his history of being around in moments involving players getting jumped

It becomes pandemonium from there. Ben Hutton and Brandon Sutter make a panicked rush to the corner knowing Toronto’s heavyweight is fighting their starting goaltender. Frederik Andersen waltzes over to see if he can help by having a distractive conversation to even up the numbers. Auston Matthews knows that Sven Baertschi isn’t going to do anything serious and follows him for a while, before grabbing onto Ben Hutton to separate him from being yet another person to jump Martin.

It’s a mess that could’ve ended up a lot worse. Thankfully, Martin didn’t do anything too serious to Stetcher, who has been a joy to watch since training camp for Canucks fans and outsiders alike. Miller and Andersen both got early ends to their nights. Some skilled players on both sides got to look tough for a few seconds. Everybody got the crap out of their system and finished the game.

Act V: The aftermath and what’s next

Well, most people. This is another case where I’m surprised there isn’t a fine involved. Milan Lucic was fined $5000 in 2014 for threatening to kill Dale Weise, though that was a bit more direct. Nazem Kadri received the same for making a throat-slitting gesture at Mark Giordano. The fact that Gudbranson said this on the way to the room probably helps him get away with it.

But it does mean that the league will have a watchful eye on him and the rest of his teammates on December 3rd. Who knows what happens then; the Canucks are already frustrated with themselves after going from winning four to losing eight, and if their current play holds, they might still be cratering to the bottom of the standings at that point. Combine that with just enough time to let tensions continue to boil but not enough time to let them fully dissipate, and who knows who gets targeted.

Kadri and Martin will be obvious ones, for the former’s unpunished hit and, well, the fact that Gudbranson wants to kill the latter man. But if one or both are unable to play for whatever reason, do they go after the kids instead? The Canucks will have home ice as well, with fans cheering on the blood lust.

As someone who grew up watching both teams, and someone who still watches both teams, and really enjoys seeing players not getting catastrophically injured as a result of unnecessary violence, I hope both sides stick to hockey during the grudge match at Rogers Arena. Or singalongs. Singalongs are dope too.

  • StephenInOttawa

    Well, from my casual fan’s viewpoint, Kadri’s hit while inappropriate and not exactly clean wasn’t a headshot, and Martin reacted as one would expect of a player like him when hit hard into the boards in a heated game like that. Canucks reacted as one would expect to being humiliated and having their star Sedin victim of a bad hit. Since no one was seriously hurt we can hope people will calm down over the next few weeks.

    • Harte of a Lion

      After the hit to the boards, Martin and Stecher were pushing and shoving, Martin threw Stetcher to the ice and the rookie came back at him, dropping his gloves at the same time. Vancouver fans should be happy Martin was just playing with him as it appears Martin was pulling his punches. IMO, if Martin went after the kid with everything he had, Stecher would have needed a stretcher.
      I don’t condone fighting but I understand the need. What is more dangerous, Burrows swinging his stick from the bench and then the spear on Reilly after his booming open ice hit on Hansen, or Martin hitting Stecher a couple of times with pulled punches?
      Reilly is only one month older than Stecher but no one in Vancouver seems concerned that their dirtiest player swung his stick from the bench, speared him then instigated a fight. If Dorset wasn’t all mouth he and Martin could have gone at it in the first and it’s likely the shenanigans in the third period don’t happen. Burrows is a dirty player who only goes after inexperienced fighters or anyone smaller than him.
      For the Canuck fans screaming for a suspension, Burrows spear might have garnered a longer suspension than Kadri’s hit on Sedin.
      It seems the NHL has become a league where you retaliate against any opposition player who “legally” hits one of your players. That’s B.S!

      • LukeDaDrifter

        Well as Jeff says:

        “Thankfully, Martin didn’t do anything too serious to Stetcher, who has
        been a joy to watch since training camp for Canucks fans and outsiders

        “Can someone pass Jeff a tissue”

  • M@

    In all seriousness… I get Martin going after Stetcher. You could definitely tell he was taking it easy on the kid, and had no interest in hurting him. But when a rat like Burrows tries to two hand, then spear (that was the epitome of dirty) and then skates half the length of the ice to fight your 22 year old #1 D-man… some response has to come. Vancouver had taken 3 instigator penalties by that point… if that’s not the time to use your tough guy, I’m not sure a time exists.

    Rielly is 1 month older than Stecher….

  • FlareKnight

    I’d be harder on Martin…but nope. If one of Vancouver’s goons took their issues to him in the first place then he’s not on the ice for that shift. Instead they go after a frustrating guy but not a fighter in Komarov and go after Rielly who never had an NHL fight in his career to that point.

    In the end Kadri’s hit wasn’t a headshot and Rielly’s wasn’t anything other than a solid hit. Sedin’s helmet probably stays on his head if he and other players actually put those things on properly. We’re all worried about head injuries, but the chin straps on everyone’s helmet is incredibly loose and I’m amazed we don’t see helmets popping off every shift.

    The problem in this game was that Vancouver didn’t bother playing hockey. They were down 5-3 when all this insanity started. They had a chance to get back in the game. Instead they decided to spear guys and goon it up. No wonder they aren’t winning games.

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Let’s face it. Vancouver was about to lose their eight game in a row. This one on Hockey Night In Canada. Coast to Coast. They were embarrassed, as well they should be. Their bush league play only made it worse. Everyone wants to bring up Kadri’s fines and suspensions

      What about the major lawsuit Vancouver went through in Todd Bertuzzi–Steve Moore incident that resulted in criminal assault charges against Bertuzzi and a civil lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks? That lawsuit was only settled two years ago.The coach had to take a powder to Europe for a few years and is only back in the NHL this year as an assistant in Ottawa. Did the Canknuckleheads learn anything at all?

    • Kanuunankuula

      Martin still painted a huge bullseye on Marner, Matthews and Willie by fighting a rookie. Not that Naz didn’t. He was told to keep things calm. Great job (not) on protecting put rookies.

      I’m definately not waiting for the rematch and retribution.

      • LukeDaDrifter

        The Canucks had a bullseye on all the Leafs who don’t usually fight long before Martin threw Stetcher to the ice for checking him into the boards from behind.

        As Harte says after getting thrown to the ice Stetcher the rookie came back at him, dropping his gloves at the same time. Stetcher started the fight with Martin not the other way around.

        Did you see that BC Rodeo move Reilly put on Burrows after Burrows
        speared him, then next shift, skated halfway across the rink to attack
        him? The only thing missing after Reilly threw him to the ice, was a
        piece of rope to hogtie him.

        • Kanuunankuula

          Was it Burrows or Hansen that he fought? No. It was some guy in his 4th game. Don’t care he “came” at him, he’s a rookie, that’s what he thinks he “should” do. ‘You don’t have to attend every fight you’re invited to’ to quote Adam Wylde. So if he can go after Van’s rookies, every other goon (yes, that’s basically what he is) thinks is OK to go after our rookies. Dorsett was thrown out the game at that point, that fight accomplished pretty much nothing. Also he could’ve started a line brawl and got one of the kids caught up in it, so great job.

          I really don’t give a shit about this pissing match they had with the Canucks, they were already winning on the score sheet, why bother? Kadri could’ve played the puck and stopped the goal, instead went for the big hit.

          Ps. People, take off your leaf-lenses. That hit was not clean, it may not have been illegal, but it was still a blindside hit and was completely unnecessary.

  • LukeDaDrifter

    @Jeff Veillette…. Jeff you are obviously not much of a Leaf fan. Give Kadri credit for delivering a legal check. Sedin was standing in front of goal, 15 feet away, with the puck on his stick. He is eligible to be checked from either side or the front. When Sedin crouches down to fire the shot, Kadri goes out of his way to come in low to avoid hitting Sedin in the head. Sedin losing his helmet and hitting his head on the ice, in the aftermath of check was purely accidental. That’s the way I saw it. That’s the way the NHL saw it. You point out the NHL needs to change the rules so Kadri could be suspended for his “unpunished” check. Personally I would like to see the suspensions for deliberately targeting the head increased triple. This is not what happened here.

    After briefly mentioning the three instigator penalties the Canucks took, including the the speer on Reilly, you spend most of your time criticizing Martin for throwing Stetcher to the ice. Watch the replay Jeff. Stetcher lost the foot race for the puck then decided to check Martin on the numbers right into the boards. As Harte says after getting thrown to the ice Stetcher the rookie came back at him, dropping his gloves at the same time. That should have been Vancouver’s fourth instigator penalty.

    • ExpatLeafFan

      Agree, another person who was watching the game. Jeff, you should take some time off to actually pay attention to what is going on in a Leafs game if you want to write about them.

    • The Russian Rocket

      To be fair to Jeff, everyone was talking about Martin going after Stetcher, I was hoping for some replay footage on the broadcast to show what happened but they immediately started framing it as Martin going after a rookie and all they showed was Miller dropping his gloves. It took a long time for the dust to settle before anyone noticed that Stetcher acted like a willing combatant. Hopefully Vancouver notices that too, instead of taking aiming at one of ours (unwillingly) in December.

      As for Kadri, I thought there was no intent to injure – glides into the hit, didn’t leave his feet – but it is 100% blindside and the NHL has said they want to take those hits out of the game. I get why people are mad. If an agitator did that to Marner we’d be going nuts. I like Kadri but I hope they change that rule to protect the players.

  • Stan Smith

    If you think Kadri’s hit should be illegal then you must think Rielly’s should have been too. The only difference between the two was the Sedin was leaning into his shot, so had his head in a more vulnerable position.

  • DukesRocks

    Hey Jeff, what game were you watching? The events as you describe them are fiction. First off, Kadri didn’t come from a long way to hit D. Sedin. Take your bias glasses off and look at the play. Kadri and Brown are chasing the second player on the 2 on 1. Brown is a faster skater than Kadri and takes Kadri’s man. Kadri now changes direction to check Sedin. You make it sound like the hit is predatory, with intent to injure. Sedin has the puck and Kadri is trying to dislodge the player from the puck in the act of shooting. You don’t mention the refs call on the ice was incorrect. Kadri never left his feet, he didn’t speed up to hit Sedin, his arm was tucked in, therefore no elbow to the head. Tell me Jeff do you see a charge? Cause, I as hell don’t.

    The person who should be suspended is Burrows. The spear was intentional and can be seen as intent to injure.

    The person who should be fined is Gudbranson.

    In reference to Martin, Harte of a Lion and LukeDaDrifter covered that.

    • ExpatLeafFan

      Agree, I was thinking I was somehow the only person who was watching the game. Kadri shouldn’t even have received a penalty on that hit. What imbecile ref calls that charging? Oh yeah, most of the imbecile NHL refs would…geez. But the spear? No penaly, that was a clean play right ref?

  • LukeWarmWater

    The third period isn’t Mike Babcock’s style as we saw with his tenure with the Red Wings. Obviously a frustrated, washed up Canuck team took exception to a couple of thundering hits. I still think Kadri has to smarten up as he came close to getting a major suspension. I get his style but as has been shown it is wearing thin with the referees and obviously causing other teams to react to him as if he was the reincarnation of Kenny Linesman.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think he has developed into a solid two way player but he has to control that agitation to some degree, in a style similar to Uncle Leo.

    Now a lot of heavy breathing out in Vancouver as they are planning a cage match for December 3rd. Sad to see how the Canucks have fallen so far from Stanley Cup finalists in 2011 to a club that quite conceivably will live up to the prognostications of getting only 65 points. Burrows and Dorsett playing the dinonsauric roles of Orr and McClaren. Most likely the league will indeed lay the law down on the December 3rd game as we all recall the Moore v.s. Bertuzzi incident. Thus I don’t expect a lot of W.W.E. action on the ice but in the crowd, well that will be a different matter as 7,000 or 8,000 of the crowd will be cheering on the young, exciting, entertaining and ever improving Leafs. The Canucks, well Saturday night showed the direction they are heading.

    It is a sad commentary on the ownership the Aquilini family who simply told Linden and Benning that there would be no rebuild as the job was to get two or three home playoff games. Similar to the leafs over the decades, the Canuck fans deserve much better ownership.

  • ExpatLeafFan

    I am surprised by your opinion on Kadri Jeff, especially since I usually agree with your columns. The Kadri hit was reviewed by the NHL who have every single angle to look at, plus years and years of professional hockey experience you do not have, and they determined that the hit was legal. They don’t say it, but I will, there should not even have been a penalty!! It was not charging, Sedin had the puck and it was a clean body to body check!! Simple as that.

    What is surprising is that the spear on Reilly somehow did not get reviewed – considering Kadri got a phantom 5 minute major and thrown out of the game you would think the NHL would be looking at that spear.

    The Leafs throw two hard but clean hits on the Canucks, they retaliate and in the end the Leafs get penalized more than the Canucks? Who is writing that story?

  • LukeWarmWater

    Brother Luke, I have promised you an expose of Canuck ownership. In reality the Canucks existence of some 46 years parlays the decades of incompetent leaf ownership from the Ballard era to the three amigos who finally managed to get it through their noggins that even leaf fans were not going to support a brand x product any longer.

    One of the first owners of the Canucks was a group from the Gopher state of Minnesota. One of the owners ended up in jail, I’m not sure if he was a cell mate of Uncle Harold. From there the Canucks were bought by a real decent individual in Frank Griffiths. Sadly Griffiths allowed his son to take over the operation and he was way, way over his head. When the local P.N.E.., equivalent to Toronto’s C.N.E. tried to gouge Arthur Griffith on rent he got the bright idea of building Rogers arena down town. He couldn’t afford to build it alone and pay for the N.B.A. Vancouver Grizzlies franchise and thus brought in the McCaw family who simply took over and forced him out. Arthur Griffith actually ended up declaring bankruptcy.

    The Grizzlies were an abysmal failure and soon were purchased by a carpet bagger who moved the team to the heart break hotel in Memphis.

    The Canucks under the stewardship of Pat Quinn and Brian Burke had a fair amount of success in the 1990’s as they made the franchise respectable.

    The McCaw family decided to sell off the arena and Canucks to three partners, Tom Gaglardi, who now owns the Dallas Stars, a second real estate partner and the Aquilini family who are a billionaire company that has made its fortune in the real estate market. The Aquilini’s decided to work out a deal with the McCaw family and exclude the two other partners. It ended up in a messy court battle but the Acqulini clan won the war.

    For the first number of years the family hit pay dirt as the Canucks were one of the better teams in the league, almost winning the cup but losing game 7 and having the embarrassment of classless idiots rioting in down town Vancouver.

    But as the team began to age, and the Canucks similar to the leafs of yester year dealt off draft picks for questionable veterans past their prime. Case in point the Leafs had 12 draft picks this past June the Canucks 6.

    The Canucks began to tank late last year and appeared ready to vie with the leafs for that number one pick but they got the bright idea of winning a couple of games in California late in the season and actually dropped down in the draft.

    Poor selections, Jake Virtanen instead of Wiley Nylander has resulted in the Canuck organization being bare in the cupboard with prospects, similar to the Jays.

    Attendance began to drop last season and this is when the ownership insisted that there would be no rebuild and thus the Canucks brought in Sutter, Eriickson at $6 million per year, the only goal he has scored in 12 games was on his own net. Cromagnons such as Dorsett and Burrows display their uselessness as illustrated in Saturday’s game.

    The Aquilini’s haven’t a clue about rebuilding as they brought in neophytes, Linden and Benning while the Leafs went out and brought in several management people who had experience and had won cups.

    One further comment on the Aquilini’s which reminds me of Donald Trump and the way he operates. When the Canucks were embroiled in the Luongo fiasco, a group of media types implied that ownership was interfering. These media outlets were slapped with lawyer statements to cease and desist from expressing THESE OPINIONS.

    Brother Luke for the poor Canuck fan, it is going to be a long painful road before they return to respectability.

    • DukesRocks

      Don’t blame Virtanen for Vancouver management fukups. Asking a guy to produce on the 4th line with less than 10 mins ice time, is asking much don’t you think. Mathews, Marner and Nylander were put in situations where they could succeed. Virtanen is good and I would trade JVR for him in a heartbeat.

      • LukeDaDrifter

        I don’t think he was blaming all Vancouver’s management screw-ups on Virtanen He was just pointing out the Canucks could of chosen Nylander instead. I don’t claim to know a lot about Virtanen (right wing). Just looking at the stats, trading him for JVR (left wing) does not look like a good fit.

        • DukesRocks

          Virtanen vs Nylander. They’re both different players that bring different skill sets to the table. While Nylander is the more skilled, Virtanen is more of a total package. I feel the Canucks are miss managing this kid and not putting him in a situation to succeed. At some point Virtanen will figure it out and people will see how good he can be. However, he’s known for taking aggressive dumb penalties, but that’s fixable. In reference to JVR vs Virtanen, you’re right that maybe a stretch now but I know how good this kid will be. Using JVR was more hyperbole to illustrate how strongly I feel this kid will one day be a star and van’s need for a 20 goal scorer.

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Thanks for filling us in on some of the details behind today’s Canucks. I always loved British Columbia. No matter where you are in the province, you never have to go far to find something interesting to do and see.

      A lot of GM’s were slow to adjust when the NHL clamped down on the hooking and holding and interference calls, along with the roller derby goons and their staged fighting. The NHL in their wisdom realized the neutral zone trap, with all it’s variations was detrimental to the game. It’s main purpose was to eliminate the skilled players from playing with skill. Having guys 6’3″ pushing and shoving and grinding away was boring. At the same time the slightly smaller players who had real, “exciting to watch hockey skills” were left out of the game. Even the CHL teams were not drafting those guys anymore. Most of the GM’s either underestimated or completely ignored the effect of the salary cap.We are now seeing those younger highly skilled players not only entering the league at 18.19, 20, but leading the league in scoring. Even this summer some teams are still signing or trading for those older declining veterans. Handing out long term contracts with no movement clauses, Or worse trading for guys that already have one. This is just like a good chess game you may not be checkmated yet, but you may as well knock over your king cause you have nowhere to go.

      A lot of people think the Shanaplan was only about acquiring draft picks like playing extra bingo cards to increase the chances of success. Draft picks were certainly a big part of it. First step though was firing all the scouts, trainers, coaches, I think it was close to 35 people lost their jobs, Then hiring the best staff money could buy to fill those spots. Granted you need deep pockets to pull it off. That was the one thing the Leafs always had going for them. In Shanahan’s case,it really must have been lonely at the top. Nobody was left at the bottom.

      I think the “Shanaplan” will become the gold standard. to quickly rebuild a franchise, for teams the can afford it. Maybe someone will develop a “Shanaplan Light” for the teams on a low budget.

      Owners are always worried about losing fans. Shanahan was dead honest with us, when he said there is going to be some pain at the beginning, At the time, a lot of long time Leaf supporters were not only disappointed with the make up of the team, but were getting very tired being fed a load of bullshit year after year after year. Most fans really appreciated Brendan’s honesty, and have truly enjoyed watching the complete rebuild from the ground up. Though we do continue to give him our best advice on how to do it better.

      Good advice is expensive.

      As for the Canucks. It does not look good. They appear to have shot themselves in both feet. The whole shamozzle with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider is a prime example. How do you lose both top NHL goaltenders for nothing,or very little in return in a league that is willing to pay and arm and a leg for one.

      In my opinion Vancouver before the start of last year, should have given the Sedin twins the option of finishing out their careers, and become veteran mentors on a total youth rebuild or allow themselves to be traded to a contending team for decent draft picks. Now they are in a complete pickle. Their veterans have very little trade value, especially with the expansion draft coming. Too many guys with no trade clauses.

      The future looks dim for the Canucks and all their great fans. They are capped-out and tapped-out,

      As Tiger Williams from out that way would say,

      “Done like a dog’s dinner”

  • Hippy Trout

    Why the game got out of hand lies solely on the Leafs, they were winning a game based on skill and teamwork, outclassed the Knuckleheads until those two hits, the fact that no suspensions were laid down only indicates the lack of respect the Knuckleheads get for never complaining when cheapshots like this happens to them, only until tempers erupt and some meathead gets his neck broke do people take notice?
    The people that could have made a example of this play have lost an opportunity to set an example for the rookies to take notice of what is acceptable and what is a cheapshot, lets see how this play and lack of disciplinary action plays out in the league, I am looking forward to the December match-up!

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Wrong. Those two checks were hard clean legal NHL checks. Nobody likes to see their own players get caught with those type of checks. But one has to suck it up and not start taking stupid instigator penalties, ruining any chance your team has of winning the game. Sedin was soon back on the ice trying to win the game, while his teammates were doing everything they could to make sure they lost.

      The game got out of hand because the Canucks, after losing their eighth straight game in a row, and showing everyone why, decided to show everyone their disgraceful roller derby skills. Now you are looking forward to more of the same.Obviously you were not satisfied with getting away with a blatant spear.

  • Slater

    Love what Martin did, just put the league on notice if they come after our young guys then he’ll target the other teams stars/rooks/goalies. Stetcher just happened to be the right player in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Babcock knew exactly what he was doing sending Martin on the ice the very shift after chaos.