Here’s the report from TSN about the one-game suspension for Stoll for boarding Ian White of the San Jose Sharks.
If I’m a Sharks player, I’m smelling blood in the water. Might as well…which is just how sour I am about this.
A few weeks ago, Dany Heatley threw a phantom elbow at Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars: never made contact: Two-game suspension given to Heater. A week before that, Nick Wallin got boarded by one of Dallas Stars: no call. The Sharks were livid. Twice. And why not?
Now seriously, no one wants anyone to get hurt anywhere, anytime. But…there’s this growing suspicion that NHL officials don’t call penalties against the Shark opponents. And it’s not just the Sharks fans like myself who are angry and miffed. It seems like injuries to Sharks through penalties don’t merit big fines or suspensions, let alone getting called during the game. No one really knows for sure how any game- regular season or playoff- will get called by the zebras.
To be sure, during this same amount time, the Sharks got a few calls missed on them also. Last night, there was a borderline hit by Jason Demers on Ryan Smyth, leaving his feet and getting some major air before making contact. That was worthy of being sent off with a major misconduct, even though the hit did not knock Smyth out of the game.
All of which is to say: the officiating in the NHL is in a shambles, on and off the ice. That the penalty was missed by both officials, and Stoll only gets a one-game suspension doesn’t fit the severity of the hit on White. Here’s to hoping that White recovers promptly.
Update: Just heard Larry Murphy on NHL On-the-Fly. Talk about “staying on message.” “If White doesn’t leave the game, Stoll doesn’t get a suspension.” Did Colin Campbell tell you that was the commentary for this afternoon, Larry? Unbelievable.