Brendan Shanahan certainly has been busy this postseason. So far there’s been one fine, four suspensions, and three hearings today alone through 22 playoff games. As usual, some of the suspensions have been a little surprising.

Today it was announced that Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for three games for his charge on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

I think the suspension is a little harsh and expected Shaw to get two games for it but it is comparable to the elbow delivered by New York Ranger forward Carl Hagelin to Daniel Alfredson’s head in Game 2 of their series. Hagelin was also given a three game suspension.

As I said, I’m fine with these suspensions but I do think it was a little on the harsh side. The suspension I have a major issue with is the one game suspension of Ottawa Senators forward Matt Carkner.

 
 
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Last night I started to write a post about yesterday’s Penguins-Flyers game but struggled to get my many thoughts into an articulate piece. Instead it was just a bunch of rambling so I decided to sleep on it and come back to it today with a (hopefully) fresh perspective.

First, I’m disappointed in this series so far. The Penguins-Flyers series was expected to be great because it involves two highly-skilled teams that have a deep rivalry. Instead I’m left talking about superstars fighting instead of scoring. I’m for fighting in hockey but outsiders to the sport think its reckless and a gimmick. When fighting becomes the storyline in the playoffs the league suffers and its reputation is diminished. It should also be noted that Penguins forwards James Neal and Arron Asham have hearings tomorrow with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Next, the goaltending needs to step up. Ilya Bryzgalov is the highest paid goaltender in the league and Marc-Andre Fleury is 9th according to CapGeek.com but they have allowed a combined 29 goals through three games. To put that into perspective, the Los Angeles-Vancouver series and the Detroit-Nashville series (which have both completed three games each) have scored a combined 26 goals. Fleury has certainly fared worse with a .768 save percentage and a 6.34 goals against average so far in this postseason. He ranks last in both categories out of the 17 goaltenders that have started a game in the playoffs. Bryzgalov’s .868 save percentage and 3.96 goals against average rank second to last out of all goaltenders in the playoffs. Both have let in soft goals at bad times for their teams this series. Below are examples of both from yesterday’s game.


 
 
Welcome to my blog! With the NHL playoffs underway, expect frequent entries the next few weeks.

I will mostly be blogging about the NHL and hockey but will cover some other sports as well.