Brendan Shanahan has decided that three games will be Max Pacioretty’s punishment for his high hit on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang.
Are you surprised? I’m not. I don’t believe he deserves three games but I’m not surpised. I’m also not going to howl and scream blue murder at this because I’m not giving satisfaction to Habs haters who say we’re the whiniest complainers in the league.
We just want consistency, that’s all. I think that reason alone makes us the best fans in the league.
How can Brendan Shanahan be taken seriously when he doesn’t suspend some players, who mightily deserved it, and he suspends others, deserving or not? Until Shanahan creates a fair and just pattern across the board for everyone, I’ll consider him a lightweight in his job.
If Ryan Malone didn’t get nailed with days off for hitting Chris Campoli, if Milan Lucic didn’t sit for awhile after steamrolling Ryan Miller, if Zdeno Chara got no games for the infamous Pacioretty hit, then what could be the reason that Max, and others, get stiffer treatment?
All three, Campoli, Max, and Miller, gone for ages. Kris Letang, the one Max hit, returned later in the game and scored the winner.
We’ll live with the three games. But from here on in, Shanahan better start being fairer than fair with everyone. Otherwise, he becomes a clown. Let’s see what he does if Sidney Crosby hits someone high. Let’s watch closely how the Bruins are dealt with after questionable hitting.
We’re going to miss Max in these next three games. Hopefully the team can band together and take all three.