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Clarkson was dumb for leaving the bench, but I really can't blame him for going out there. He didn't really fight but for nearly 3 minutes of that line brawl he did hold Scott back from engaging the small Leafs. If Scott had gotten free, he could have been a real danger to Kessel or other Leafs.
Kessel's slashes weren't that bad as he went for Scott's shins. He at least faced off with someone in his weight class immediately after that and did rather well.
Can't wait for the rematch when the Leafs ice their tough guys.
At the end of the day, you are responsible for your stick. He made a reckless play which directly resulted in the opponents jaw breaking.
This is the easiest suspension Shannahan is going to have all season. I can't fathom how you think it's not a suspend-able incident. You can't just look at it and say not a suspension. You have to apply the rules that govern the league. Regardless of how abstract and subjective they are.
60.3 Double-minor Penalty - When a player carries or holds any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent so that injury results, the Referee shall assess a double-minor penalty for all contact that causes an injury, whether accidental or careless, in the opinion of the Referee.
60.6 Fines and Suspensions - There are no specified fines or suspensions for high-sticking, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).
Rule 28 - Supplementary Discipline
28.1 Supplementary Discipline - In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.
If an investigation is requested by a Club or by the League on its own initiative, it must be initiated within twenty-four (24) hours following the completion of the game in which the incident occurred.
28.2 Pre-Season and Exhibition Games - Whenever suspensions are imposed as a result of infractions occurring during pre-season and exhibition games, the Commissioner shall exercise his discretion in scheduling the suspensions to ensure that no team shall be short more players in any regular League game than it would have been had the infractions occurred in regular League games.
"A chicken crossing the street is poultry in motion"