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Video: Shanny strikes again, suspends Letang for two games

Oct 18, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

As the above video explains, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan handed down his second suspension of the regular season — two games to Pens blueliner Kris Letang for boarding Winnipeg’s Alex Burmistrov.

I was actually watching the Pens-Jets game when the hit occurred. Looked like a nasty piece of business in real-time, so it was surprising when referee Dean Morton (who signaled a penalty immediately) only tagged Letang with a two-minute minor.

Of course, the on-ice ruling didn’t seem to lessen Letang’s punishment. That’s probably because he was classified as a repeat offender — Shanahan made mention that Letang was fined for a similar hit back in April — and the check was delivered “with force” while hitting Burmistrov between the numbers.

Letang will miss games tonight at Minnesota and Thursday, Oct. 20, vs. Montreal. He will be eligible to return Saturday, Oct. 22, vs. New Jersey. Not great news for the Penguins, who are already without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Kennedy, Brooks Orpik and Dustin Jeffrey. Letang is second amongst all NHL defencemen in points and eighth among all players in time on ice per game, averaging 26:01 a night.

  1. chizmo - Oct 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    fair enough I guess…

    stings quite a bit considering the Pens current injury status, but if calls going forward are consistent it’s hard to have a problem with the suspension.

  2. bcisleman - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    For a second offense, I think the penalty should have been more–especially with all the other stuff Letang gets away with entirely. At least Shanny is trying to establish a sure and consistent system of discipline–something wholly lacking with his predecessor.

  3. bsputnik - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    I can’t argue with this call at all, I knew more would be coming. I really thought he would get thrown out of the game at the time. I like the clear and concise explanation. Well done.

    I can’t wait until we have our team back. This is roughly $25 million out of the lineup right now.

  4. jpelle82 - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    i hate the suspension but i love these video explanations

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