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McQuaid avoids suspension for kneeing Foligno

Dec 15, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid won’t face additional punishment from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shananan after kneeing Ottawa’s Nick Foligno last night:

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McQuaid received a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct on the play. Foligno left momentarily before returning to the game, finishing with 17:07 of ice time.

According to’s Joe Haggerty, the NHL Department of Player Safety felt the knee-on-knee play was more “reactionary” than “with intent to injure” and didn’t deserve any additional discipline beyond the penalties called.

That said, here’s a list of “things people will likely complain about on the intertube”:

— Sounds like Foligno’s ability to return was a key factor in the ruling. This opens up a Pandora’s Box when it comes to injury disclosure, because when Colorado’s Kevin Porter got dinged four games for kneeing Vancouver’s David Booth, Shanahan remarked Booth’s injury (out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL) affected his decision.

— Let’s say, for example, the Sens had held Foligno out of the game as a precautionary measure. What if the Sens didn’t offer an injury update afterward? How would that have affected the ruling?

— This, from former NHL referee Kerry Fraser (courtesy TSN):

If Adam McQuaid had stuck out his elbow instead of his leg, recent suspension history would dictate that a three game suspension would most likely be imposed.

Ruling purely on the extent of the kneeing act (like the one committed by Adam McQuaid), with the absence of injury, I believe any player guilty of this should be suspended for a minimum of one game and a maximum of three  (Three would make it consistent with dangerous hits ruled upon recently where no injury resulted).

— McQuaid is the third Bruin to avoid suspension for a controversial hit this season. The others were Milan Lucic (for charging Ryan Miller), Brad Marchand (for slew-footing Matt Niskanen). I don’t put any credence in this conspiracy theory, nor do I support it. But I can’t ignore the fact it’s out there.

UPDATE: McQuaid did receive a $2,500 fine for the hit.

  1. govtminion - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Bruins fan here… what a crock. There’s no way McQuaid should be playing in the next couple of games. No idea what Shanahan watched, but that clip sure looks to me like intent to go knee-on-knee. Ridiculous.

  2. haterzgonahate - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    and the Bruins escape justice once again… what a farce!

    • drewsylvania - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      A lot of head hits are “reactionary”, too. I know that rule is written where you can get suspended even without intent–but the kneeing rule should be the same.

      The way to get kneeing out of the game is to suspend for maneuvers like this, intentional or not. The same way they already do for headshots. Take the cheap crap out of the game.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Just keep in mind that the Bruins aren’t a dirty team.

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM

        the issue isn’t really “who is and isn’t a dirty team” every hockey team has the ability to make stupid/dirty plays as does any player.. it’s the nature of the game.

        the issue is.. why do the Bruins always seem to escape punishment? it’s pretty obvious!

        now i bet the next time a Bruin does something stupid/dirty Shanny will hand down an absurd punishment as some sort of make up call.

  3. sportsfan412 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Wow… He should have at least got 1! Love the Bruins but this decision gives credibility to the conspiracy theorists. didn’t think Lucic should have been suspended, 50/50 on Marchand but McQuaid looked like a slam dunk for at least 1. All I can say is wow…

    • sportsfan412 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Did I mention “wow”….

  4. aksnowman - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    This is another inconsistent call from the “czar”. What a joke. It seems as if the Bruins can run roughshod all over the league. Not like Shanawaa is going to do anything. That’s just unbelievable. Wow!?!?

  5. dezziedoesdallas - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Shanahan never suspends any of the Bruins for their dirty hits! Not sure how long he is going to get away with this! Maybe it has something to do living in Boston in his quaint town of Duxbury

  6. boston25rocketman - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Count me as another surprised Bruin fan, thought for sure he’d get probably 1 or 2 games out of this. All the radio talk today seemed to be along those lines too.

  7. elvispocomo - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    The only thing in his favour is his skate isn’t planted on the ice when he hits him. Doing so increases the impact but since he lifted his leg, you can see he absorbs a lot of it and it’s almost closer to a tripping call at that point.

    You still have to call it kneeing, and reactionary or not, probably deserved a game – I just worry the suspensions are getting linked to the result rather than the act when it should have no (or minimal) factor.

  8. mornelithe - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Well, he got hit for $2500, but it definitely seems he got away lucky on this one.

  9. tikaanikaeda - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Colin Campbell = Director of Hockey Operations
    his son – Gregory Campbell – Foward of Boston Bruins

    enough said – JOKE

  10. F4S Leigh - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    SHOCKING! What a farce this league is.

  11. taytay099 - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Atleast Shanny’s staying consistent like he said he would be.

  12. pastabelly - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Not intentional. Even Foligno said it was a hockey play.

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