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Shanahan calling: Kris Letang to meet with NHL over boarding penalty

Oct 18, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT


Kris Letang has a meeting with the NHL today to discuss the boarding penalty he took in the third period of the Penguins’ 2-1 loss to Winnipeg. There, Letang hit Alex Burmistrov from behind earning a minor penalty for boarding and drawing the attention of the league for what was a reckless hit.

While Brendan Shanahan was busy suspending players during the preseason, he has yet to get anyone in the regular season for running afoul of the law. Kris Letang could change all that, however.

If Letang gets sat down by Shanahan, the Penguins will be even more shorthanded heading into tonight’s game against Minnesota. The Penguins are already without Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Dustin Jeffrey, Brooks Orpik, and likely Tyler Kennedy as well. Losing their top point-producing defenseman in Letang would help the Pens look more like an AHL team than an NHL team. We’re sure the Wild wouldn’t mind that too much.

  1. abrienza428 - Oct 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Burmistrov turned towards the boards as he hit him. Minor penalty, fine, but a suspension would be ridiculous. As far as I know, Letang doesn’t have a history of anything like this and wouldn’t be considered a repeat offender.

    • hystoracle - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      Get ready for a suspension.. Hearing isn’t set to exchange birthday gifts. Letang may get to watch from home for a game.

  2. sknut - Oct 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I have seen more players turn towards the boards this year, its a dangerous and cowardly way to play. I hope when handing out suspensions this behavior is noticed and those guys that purposely turn towards the boards should be given a penalty themselves.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      When Malone didn’t get suspended for hitting Campoli Shanahan said it was because Campoli leaned into the check after Malone had committed. Should be the same deal here. Hopefully Shanahan will prove he’s going to be consistent with his decisions

    • hystoracle - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      How else is he suppose to play the puck along the boards? IS he suppose to leave himself facing letang? How does he accomplish that? Letang had an opportunity to hold up and choose to drive him into the boards.. If he had bumped him no foul, but he drove him into the boards… Dangerous play.. Sit a game.. If the goal is to get rid of dangerous plays then there can’t be a lot of gray. We had that problem last year. Onus is on the checking player not the checked player as written in the rule.

  3. jackdamien7 - Oct 18, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Blame it on MATT COOKE!!!!

  4. bcjim - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Also ask him why he needed Asham to fight Jay Beagle for him.

    • m1k3g - Oct 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      You’re a moron.

      No offense.

  5. blastfurnaceknows - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Agree with many of the comments here, but the news is in – Letang was suspended for 2 GAMES. Consistency be damned. The NHL continues to be a joke with regard to discipline and really most everything else (marketing, image, management, etc). Elbows to heads – they’re OK, because we don’t have a concussion problem. But, here, well that is when we HAVE to act.

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