Brendan Shanahan: Hagelin, Shaw Suspensions Prove NHL Playoff Discipline Absurd

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Brendan Shanahan: Hagelin, Shaw Suspensions Prove NHL Playoff Discipline Absurd
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Seriously, I want my Harry Potter DVDs back! Or you're suspended!

The hallmark of fair enforcement of the rules in sports comes down to one word: consistency.

For a baseball umpire, if you don't call the high strike for one team, fine. Just don't call it for the other.

For a football referee, if you don't call pass interference for hand-checking on one team's d-back, just do likewise on the next possession.

And fans should expect the same consistency from King of Hockey Disciplinarians, Brendan Shanahan.

It's been a wild NHL playoffs so far with plenty of fists and hair flying. And there's still a month left.

There's been some horrendous officiating as well.

If it weren't for Danny Briere's offside goal in Game 1 of the Penguins and Flyers series, with the Pens up at that point 3-0, everything might be different.

The city of Pittsburgh might not be on the verge of getting swept right out of the playoffs. But hey, everyone makes mistakes.

At least the NHL league office has the benefit of video analysis to make sure they hand down fair and judicious decisions regarding player misconduct.

Any reasonable person would be able to come to the right decision with such video evidence, right?

Wrong. Just judge for yourself.

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