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NHL Playoffs: Will Phoenix Coyotes Be Punished Further for 4 Dangerous Plays?

Riley KuftaContributor IIIJune 14, 2016

NHL Playoffs: Will Phoenix Coyotes Be Punished Further for 4 Dangerous Plays?

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    Last night, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to take a 2-0 series lead. 

    The result of the scoreboard domination was a loss of control and discipline from the Coyotes, as they were continually sent to the penalty box. 

    Four of these penalties will likely be reviews by discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. 

    The following examines each play and the disciplinary action that could be taken. 

Shane Doan on Trevor Lewis (Boarding)

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    The first play in question came at 16:29 of the second period when Shane Doan received five minutes and a game misconduct for boarding on Trevor Lewis.  

    As you can see in the video, while the play appears violent and intentional at first, it was from the front. 

    In this instance, Trevor Lewis is in fact to blame for this hit, as he is facing Doan and sees him coming before electing to turn around and put himself in a vulnerable position.  

    Although Doan has been suspended twice in his career, including a three game suspension for a blatant and reckless elbow this season, that will not come into consideration, as the onus for safety falls upon Trevor Lewis. 

    Shane Doan will not receive a suspension or a fine for this play, as the game misconduct and five minute penalty was already an excessive and costly punishment. 

Mike Smith on Dustin Brown (Slashing)

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    The second play in question came at 18:00 of the second period when Mike Smith received a two minute penalty for slashing on Dustin Brown. Brown also received a two minute diving penalty. 

    Upon watching the replay, you can see that Brown did not dive on the play, as he justly fell to the ice after a violent slash from Smith.  

    While pokes and slashes from the goaltenders, especially in the playoffs, are not uncommon, Smith takes a clear wind-up to slash the back of Dustin Brown's legs. 

    It appears that on this play, Mike Smith had intent to injure, and for that, a fine would be a fair punishment. That said, due to the fact that Brown remained in the game and Smith has no history of suspensions, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see no additional discipline past the two minute penalty.  

Martin Hanzal on Dustin Brown (Boarding)

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    Next up, we've got the boarding call that earned Martin Hanzal a five minute major and a game misconduct at 11:01 of the third period. 

    As you can see, this is a violent boarding call which could have had a much worse result. It's plays like this that make people believe injuries shouldn't factor into disciplinary decisions. Had this been a more fragile player like Simon Gagne, we can imagine he would be out for quite some time. Is it fair that Hanzal might get off easier because his victim happened to be one of the toughest players in the game?

    Although Martin Hanzal has not been suspended and Dustin Brown was not injured on the play, this hit was extremely dangerous and cannot be a part of the game.  

    Don't be surprised to see Hanzal receive a two or three game suspension for this play.  

Derek Morris on Rob Scuderi (Kneeing)

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    While a video isn't available of this play yet, I'm sure it will be soon. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth taking a look if available. 

    This play came at 12:43 of the third period. Again, the hit did not result in an injury, as the indestructible Kings survive another violent play.  

    Although Morris is not known as a dirty player, his knee was out well before the hit was delivered, and it appeared intentional.  

    If anything, Derek Morris would receive a fine for the play.  

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