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No discipline for Lecavalier’s punch to Malkin

Jan 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

When Vincent Lecavalier got himself all worked up over what Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was doing to the Lightning yesterday, there was a shot he’d be hearing from the league for taking a swing at Malkin.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports this morning, however, that Lecavalier will not have a hearing with the NHL for his sucker punch thrown at Malkin during yesterday’s game. Apparently throwing a punch out of the blue doesn’t get noticed the way it used to.

Have a look at how Lecavalier and Malkin managed to get under each other’s skin starting with Malkin avoiding a huge hit from Lecavalier and ending with Lecavalier’s unprovoked punch in the face.

Taking a swing at a guy while the linesmen are in between everyone and getting things relaxed seems like a pretty dirty thing to do, but that’s why we’re not running the league.

  1. Jeff Thomas - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    A bit of a double standard by the league. You either have to discipline Lecavalier when he does it or don’t discipline Lucic when he does it.

    • trigzter - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Dont worry, Lucic nor Horton were disciplined

      • keith8 - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnvzVzySOCE&w=420&h=315%5D
        I don’t believe Downie received discipline either.

    • Kristenaux - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I agree! And if it was the other way around, the hew & cry would be “That dirty Russian punched “one of our guys” in the face”. Let’s have some consistency here & give out discipline for the crime & not who you are?

    • habsman - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Horton and Lucic were not suspended for these (and other) sucker punches.

      • Jeff Thomas - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        I’m talking about this sucker punch. He was fined, not suspended. I guess if Vinny does it again then I’ll expect some discipline.

  2. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    lecavalier punches like my sister. no wonder malkin didn’t feel it. vinnie needs to call his financial advisor and see if hes eligible for retirement soon. blow off..

  3. heyzeus143 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I thought hits to the head were being scrutinized

  4. habsman - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Horton, Lucic, Ferrence, and all the other sucker punching Bruins got away with it all last year. Wonder why (Colie-Greg)? That, and numerous cheap shots. (Bruin fans confuse this with toughness).

    The rest of the NHL is on to them now. League officials can’t turn a blind eye.

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    it was weak and they were in a scrum…why would he get disciplined? two grown men playing hockey, leave it alone…if i was malkin i would have laughed it off and said “scoreboard bitch!”…thats punishment enough

  6. lsxphotog - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I guess Penguin fans see what they want to see…and ignore the blatant interference shoulder by Malkin that started it all…

    • pens919209 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Are you serious, dude? You totally missed Lecavalier taking a shot at Malkin in the chest after Malkin ducked his check? Which, by the way, was no where near the puck – much like Malkin’s “blatant interference shoulder” that you seem to think started the scrum.

      The little punch by Lecavalier was cheap, but not suspension worthy.

      I’ll say it again – it’s hockey. Tempers flare. Emotions stir. Stuff happens.

    • boltsfan777 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      It’s time to stop blaming anyone else for the Bolts misfortunes. It’s time to stop wondering how such a talented team can be so bad, because they aren’t that talented. They are getting killed and killing themselves in all aspects of the game right now, with the possible exception of when they are able to skate the puck through the neutral zone. When they are able to do that, they are pretty decent.

      I think they are sick with frustration and wound like a top, and there’s nothing fun about hockey for them right now. Anyone who plays them right now only needs to lace up their skates and get the puck into their zone. If the Bolts mount a comeback, do something to piss them off, and watch them melt down.

      • lightningstrikes04 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        The problem with the Bolts is real easy to understand. We have our two top defenders, 3 if you count MAB, on the injured list right now. Our goalies are giving up far too easy goals, which would include the Neal goal in the Pens game from almost behind the red line. Roloson is old, and Garon has always been a backup. It’s hard to see the boys in a slump like this, but, good times are ahead in the coming years, as long as they figure out a long term option for in the crease. Over all though, there is no way with the talent we have on this roster, that you can say they are not that talented. I understand being a frustrated fan, trust me, but our talent offensively is something that teams have to try to plan for. When were not sitting back on our heels in the 1-3-1, like we usually are, and we are skating aggressively, attacking the puck carrier, well, I think the Pens fans will tell you that we pretty much score at will. There are not a lot of teams in this league that could say the same. This team will be hoisting a cup within the next few years, mark my words.

  7. bigtganks - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    VENITIAN DENTAL?! WTF?!?!?

    • pens919209 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Free jersey with root canal!

      • danphipps01 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Comment of the day. Well-done, sir. =D

    • spokedjackets - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Right on dude. That is probably the 75000 sucker punch to be thrown in the NHL and it wont be the last. Guys get irritated, under eachothers skin, and throw a jab to let them know they are there. No harm, no foul. Easily the bigger crime here, is that pathetic jersey foul. That gem was the only reason I watched the video.

  8. kicksave1980 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Was it dirty? Maybe. One thing that I’m reminded of on an almost daily basis is how much I miss the NHL of the early-mid 90′s. A sucker punch back then didn’t warrant a call from the league, it was resolved instead a few minutes later on the ice.

    I still love the NHL and always will, and I’m not trying to come across as one of those people who talks about the old days. The game has changed, some good, some bad.

    • spokedjackets - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Again, ditto. The fans have become way more sensitive as well.

  9. lightningstrikes04 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Vinny did sucker punch Malkin, there’s no doubt about it, but what about the fact that when you watch the video Malkin who knows others are coming to his aid, hits Vinny with his stick as if he wants a fight. If he wasn’t being a pu**y he would have dropped the gloves in the first place, but instead like a little punk skates around, and when Vinny comes back, gives him a elbow/shoulder to the face. Any one who has played any sports knows how much of a punk Malkin was being and would have blown their top too. I just don’t think you can call the situation unprovoked. Vinny is still a great player and as much as the haters want to hate he is still one of the highest paid players to do what he does on a nightly basis.

  10. jaybaileys - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Look I like Lacavalier, but he was pissed they had just come back from 3-0 and Malkin just put 2 more up on the board. He saw Malkin thought he’d send him a message and try to take his head off, and Malkin ducked. Lecavalier went flying into the boards like a moron and was probably a little embarrassed. He flips his lid and goes after Malkin and whatever happened afterwards who cares. They both scrummed it up and who knows what happens in those things. Vinny gets paid to put the puck in the net, not be a Downie impersonator. I applaud him for stepping up as a Captain trying to spark his team. It was a tad misguided though. Malkin put up a 5 point night on them, I’d be pissed too.

  11. raypgh - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Should have been 6. Malkin was slashed with an empty net just as he was ready to put it in the twine…..Refs blew it and did not award the goal.

  12. chrisbrunson17 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I was at the game, Malkin was screwing with Vincent all the way down the ice and then starts a fight only to pansy out at last second….. And vinnie did get disciplined 10 min misconduct penalty along with a 4 minute minor.

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