Max Pacioretty escapes suspension from the NHL, evidence says he should have beenFebruary 24, 2013, by
According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Max Pacioretty will not be suspended or disciplined of any form for his hit on Ryan McDonagh during last night’s 3-0 defeat in Montreal. At this point Brendan Shannahan has not released his customary videos explaining his thought process to today’s events.
Here’s what we know.
- Pacioretty was suspended for 3 games last season for a hit to the head of Penguins’ Kris Letang. So he is not a first-time offender, which usually guarantees some sort of discipline be it a suspension or fine.
- Pacioretty was driven into the boards in front of Montreal’s bench by Ryan McDonagh prior to the illegal hit. So one can call this a retaliatory hit, which also usually guarantees league discipline.
- As evidence by the photo above, his skates left the ice to make this illegal hit, another wrinkle often cited in disciplinary actions.
- As evidence by the video below, this is clearly a violation of the league’s expanded boarding rule that was created during the offseason. Colin McDonald on the Islanders, who laid a similar hit last month, was suspended 2 games under this new rule.
- Most importantly, and although I disagree with the league’s weighting scheme here, McDonagh was injured and didn’t return to the game. In most disciplinary issues, injury plays a major role in the league’s thought process.
With the above bullets in mind, I am just baffled Max didn’t get suspended. I am looking forward to watching Shanahan’s explanation, which will be located here at some point.
P.S. Special thanks to big-time Rangers fan and social media extraordinaire, Stefanie Alva, for finding this photo. If you’re not following her on Twitter, make that correction now.