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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hagelin and Carkner suspended

The NHL levied supplementary discipline against Matt Carkner and Carl Hagelin for their actions in game two of the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Carkner was given a one game ban for jumping Rangers forward Brian Boyle and pummeling him with unanswered punches just two minutes into the first period.

The Senators enforcer was seeking retribution for the treatment Boyle had given Ottawa star Erik Karlsson in game one. Boyle delivered several jabs to the head of Karlsson while in a scrum during the first game of the series. Obviously Carkner wanted to make sure Boyle thought twice before he tried to mistreat the diminutive Karlsson again.

Carkner was given a five minute fighting major, a two minute instigator, and a game misconduct on the play which means he was essentially already suspended for one game.

Hagelin was given a three game suspension for elbowing Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head during the second period of the game.


Hagelin was assessed a five minute major penalty for elbowing on the play, but was not given a game misconduct which usually precludes a suspension.

The Rangers rookie has no history of suspensions in the NHL, but it was deemed that he targeted Alfredsson’s head, and that the Ottawa captain was injured on the play which was a determining factor in the stiff penalty.

I find this curious because while Alfredsson did leave the game it has been reported that he is feeling better, and will be a game time decision Monday night for game three.

These suspensions once again highlight the arbitrary nature of the NHL discipline system. While I believe both suspensions were warranted how Hagelin got three games, and Shea Weber got nothing is still a mystery to me.

The only explaination the NHL can give is: It’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that’s hockey.