I said it Sunday and I’ll say it again today – Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang was an illegal head shot and he deserves to be suspended. That play has to be taken out of the League. It doesn’t matter what you think of Patch or what you think about what happened to him last year, that was a dirty play that merits a suspension. So NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is quite right to send Montreal’s most talented forward to the press box for three games.
But you know what? The NHL is a joke. If Pacioretty deserves that three-game suspension, what about Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone who nearly took off Montreal Canadiens defenceman Chris Campoli’s head this past October? It was an almost identical hit to the Patch hit yet Malone was not suspended. That’s a joke.
Then there’s the Milan Lucic attack on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. That was a deliberate attempt to injure a goalie from a player renowned for his dirty play. Again no suspension.
Both of those bad decisions came from Shanahan.
And the icing on the cake is the now-famous Zdeno Chara hit on Pacioretty last year when he smashed him into a partition at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty was carried off the ice on a stretcher. No suspension. Montreal fans are gonna be mighty upset in the coming days and I understand why. Pacioretty deserves the punishment but so did Chara, Lucic and Malone.
There are two choice words to describe this League – Mickey and Mouse.