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Max Pacioretty receives three-game Shanaban

Nov 28, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

For the most part, the debate regarding Max Pacioretty‘s hit on Kris Letang wasn’t about whether or not he should be suspended, but for how long. The NHL handed down its verdict today: three games. That will cost Pacioretty $26,351.34 in salary while Letang’s nose will be less pretty. Here’s Brendan Shanahan’s explanation video:

So what do you think? Did Shanahan & Co. give him an appropriate punishment? Did he suspend him for too long or an insufficient amount of time? Was a suspension unnecessary in general? Let us know in the comments.

  1. scotloucks - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    So it is now OK to cut into the middle with your head down …. especially if you are short.

    Waita go Shanahan, lets just make it a no hit game and be done with it.

    btw: Leaf fan, hate the habs.

    • taytay099 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      No, you can still hit someone cutting across the middle, but make sure the principle point of contact isn’t the head. Did you even listen to Shanny’s explanation? He explains that every player understands that they will get hit doing what Letang did, but the head can’t be a principle point of contact. That is clearly illegal.

  2. govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Clearly a board of inquiry needs to find out if this was a criminal act.

  3. maxl49 - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    All of this could have been avoided with a simple precaution : Always wear a Bruins’ jersey when you try to injure other players !

    • gallyhatch - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM

      That, or he could have not elbowed Letang in the face breaking his nose. That might have avoided this situation also.


      • maxl49 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        valid point, but i’m not sure that avoiding violence by, you know, not committing violence is still thought in that league !

    • pastabelly - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Funny how it turns out that Ryan Miller didn’t have a concussion after all. Stop your whining.

    • michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      Or wear a Crosby jersey-with his blatant elbow last night. What, no suspension for that?

      • bsputnik - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        The Pens didn’t play last night…

  4. pens87 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Just before the hit he clearly turns to the right, putting himself at greater risk of striking Letang’s head. He should have turned left and taken the full body. Now I will also say this (and this is coming from a Pens fan)…if you watch the video in the link above, you will notice that Letang changed his path at just before he shot, he was heading in a straighter path to the goal, then right at about :20 seconds, he turns slightly to the right, towards Pacioretty. So it is entirely possible that Pacioretty thought Letang was going to stay on his former path and not curve towards him, in which case it probably would have been a clean hit. Regardless of this, when he made contact with Letang he does not try to soften the blow at all (and I mean…he is a hockey player so I don’t expect him too) and throws his shoulder into Letangs face. I was expecting a 1-2 gamer, but I suppose Shanahan thought otherwise.

    • iownyou2 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      So in less than a second you expect this guy to go through all of your cute little explanation in his head? This just proves the stupidity of Shanahan’s stupid fines. What did you expect him to duck all the way down so that his shoulder doesn’t hit Letang’s face?? You can clearly see no extension of the elbow from Pacioretty this is a completely legal hit and if Letang hadn’t broken his nose there would be no fine/suspension.

      For the record im a completely neutral fan (Buffalo) and I just hate seeing this idiot ruin the game.

      • michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

        Doesn’t want head contact, that’s fine and dandy.

        Expecting a player to adjust in fraction of second…not very probable.

  5. cliverush - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Hitting a player on the head or face is a dangerous situation that the league wants to stop. Sometimes the speed of the game just make certain situations impossible to avoid. I thought he went for the hit and went up high with intention. This type of play was normal 20 years ago. The team would retaliate, not the league.

  6. daveydawg - Nov 29, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    what a dirty hit. Just like Matt Cooke.

  7. cshearing - Nov 29, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    3 games is perfectly fine. Was definitely avoidable; Pacioretty even apologized afterwards, so anyone whining about “ruining the game” really has no basis.

  8. michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    As a tall player, it can be very hard to readjust and lower yourself to hit a shorter opponent in the chest when he lowers his head/looks down at the puck. How tall is Letang? I’m 6’4 w/o skates. Try getting low on a player that’s say 5’10 while he’s hunched over looking at the puck while he’s going thru the neutral zone. League wants to get rid of head shots, (thart’s fine) they should go after the more aggregious stuff coming from elbows, charging and late hits first. Rule of thumb was always to keep your head up. It’s going to take a while for guys in the league to try and hit the brakes or avoid a making contact with a guy with his head down.

    • miketoasty - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      First off if you watch the video Letang was not hunched over, he took a shot with his head up, and body mostly straight. Pacioretty should have either bailed or went for the full on body check, yes this is a fast paced game and therefor you need to make fast paced decisions. You can’t let someone elbow another player like that and basically say oh well just because they differ in size, you will almost never see two players of the exact same height going at each other.

      Also, I believe the 3 game suspension was a little much, I would have expected 2 or less being that he is not a repeat offender.

      • michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Never said Letang was hunched over. Just saying that it can be very difficult to make split second choice. I also would have figured that 2 games would have been sufficient.

        My only question is this: what happens when a defenseman steps up to take the body, sees the guys’ head is down or is about to make head contact, bails on the hit, guy goes in alone and scores? What’s the defenseman’s excuse?

  9. michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Just caught the hit and it looked to me the Pacioretty initiated contact with Letang’s shoulder and it rolled over into his face.

  10. bsputnik - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    I don’t necessarily agree with this suspension, but I like these videos that the NHL puts out. At least it gives a clear explanation on WHY these penalties are given out. I point to the NFL where there just seems to be some random fine generator laying around headquarters.

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