NHL Playoffs 2012: How This Postseason Would Hold Up in Court

Joe Maloney@@JoeMaloneyNYRContributor IIIApril 18, 2012

NHL Playoffs 2012: How This Postseason Would Hold Up in Court

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    The postseason in the NHL Playoffs 2012 has been replete with drama, violence and pettiness.

    Here's a look at how this postseason would hold up in a court of law.

Attempted Murder

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    Of course this article starts with a player from the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins series. 

    For those of you that are seasoned hockey fans, I am sure you were shocked to see a hit this violent in our beloved game. For those of you who have not yet seen this hit, brace yourselves to be scared and angry.

    Following a hard, but not overtly illegal hit on the Penguins' Paul Martin, Brayden Schenn was crosschecked near the throat by "tough"-guy Aaron Asham. Fortunately, Schenn was able to return to the bench shortly after and is fine.

    The second fortunate part is that the coin-flip that is the NHL discipline system right now finally got it right. Asham has been suspended for four games, essentially the maximum remaining time of the Penguins existence in the playoffs.

    (For Rangers fans like me, I am sure you understand how Carl Hagelin's flying elbow is only one less game down from Asham's hit, right?)

    Had Asham's stick gone a mere inch or two higher at that speed, we may not have been seeing Schenn play hockey anymore.


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    The goalie in the picture above is Marc-Andre Fleury. While I rarely agree with Flyers fans, the man standing with the sign in the back seems to have it just right.

    I don't know what else to call what the Flyers have done to Marc-Andre Fleury in this series. While Ilya Bryzgalov has made spectacular saves at times, he has allowed 12 goals in three games.

    His play has been overshadowed by Fleury's 17 goals allowed and eventual replacement by Brent Johnson in Game 3.

    Fleury's confidence seems to have rode into the sunset along with all the good playoff referees and Brendan Shanahan's sanity.


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    While the circus goes on in front of them, goaltenders thus far in the playoffs have been excellent (no not including the two in the Battle of Pennsylvania). 

    The series between the Rangers and Senators has seen stellar play in net on both ends. While most expected Henrik Lundqvist to continue his Vezina-caliber play, the skeptics were out on Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Anderson has only allowed seven goals for a 2.35 goals-against-average compared to Lundqvist's five goals and 1.66 goals-against-average. 

    What Lundqvist did Monday night in Game 3 was the reason the Rangers won. His 39 stops on the way to a shootout included numerous difficult saves particularly in the final minute of play.

    We can't forget to mention Pekka Rinne, Tim Thomas and Johnathan Quick who have been robbing people every game as well.


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    There have been more assault-worthy hits in this year's postseason than bounties paid out by Greg Williams. Alright that was low blow; let us try this again.

    There have been more assault-worthy hits in this year's playoffs than F-bombs dropped by John Tortorella this season. That feels more like it.

    Brendan Shanahan must sit down with a notepad and a cold drink (which must have something in it) every night preparing to make a list of hits to review the next day. 

    There have so far been eight suspensions totaling 15 games and more than 800 penalty-minutes dolled out. 

    Tuesday night Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was sent to the hospital by leaping Coyote Raffi Torres, sure to be the next name on the suspension list. 

    Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended one game for crosschecking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley at the end of their game. 

    Expect the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund to keep profiting from player fines and the circus to continue as the playoffs push forward. 

Disturbing the Peace

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    Having a little fun with this one at the expense of Senators forward Zenon Konopka.

    Konopka was fined $2,500 and the team $10,000 after Konopka was verbally abusing a Rangers player during a live televised interview before game two of their series.