NHL Playoffs 2012: Brendan Shanahan's Worst Suspension Decisions

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Brendan Shanahan's Worst Suspension Decisions
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Perhaps things have calmed down since the stupefyingly nasty first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't a good start for the league—or Brendan Shanahan.

The Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations was questioned early and often, and for good reason in my estimation. There were some nasty hits that went unpunished. There were some hits that, perhaps, should not have warranted suspensions. Undoubtedly, there was plenty of inconsistency.

Shanahan may not deserve all of the blame, but like goaltenders, we've got to blame somebody, right?

This slideshow will rank the worst suspensions and non-suspensions thus far in the playoffs.

We haven't had a lovely video from the former Detroit great since May 7th, but there are still plenty of altercations to pick from.

Without further ado, let's get to what we love to do most: criticize those who have to make the tough decisions!

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