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Brendan Shanahan explains Dominic Moore’s non-suspension

Feb 11, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

Brendan Shanahan did his part to help explain his decision for only fining Lightning forward Dominic Moore for his head shot on Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko. Shanahan being the savvy tech guy that he is did so by taking it to Twitter.




Obviously this explanation isn’t going to sit well with Rangers fans as they feel that Moore went out of his way to hit Fedotenko and wound up delivering a shot to his head that has him out of action for today’s game against the Flyers.

The Lightning, unsurprisingly, support Shanahan’s decision as Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times gets coach Guy Boucher’s take.

“When I looked at the clip, it’s not something you want to see, but it was nothing that was premeditated,” Boucher said, and added about the fine, “I think it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes you can avoid those contacts, especially it wasn’t necessarily getting the puck and all that. It’ an interference call, but they see it more as an aggressive interference call. They just want to warn the player, I think.”

Warning the player is nice and all, but it was Shanahan’s job to get in and help eliminate needless shots to the head. This play seems to fall under that description.


  1. hanktheking - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Not surprised at all that Captain Inconsistency blew another one. Shanahan is killing his legacy as a player by creating a new legacy as the worst disciplinarian the NHL has seen.

    • hockinj25 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Look at the replay. There was never head contact.

      • brian32556 - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        But there WAS intent to injure: Hitting him blindside high with shoulder follow through. THAT is what the NHL is trying to eliminate.

  2. rca26 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I don’t understand why this is an ongoing issue. Obviously Shanahan thinks that no contact is made to the head if Fedotenko’s stick isn’t there, and no one can point irrefutably to the video to say he’s wrong.

    If he doesn’t hit him in the head, it’s not a head shot. Perhaps the stick should get Shanabanned? We could try playing without sticks if you’d like.

    • chiadam - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      And do away with skates, too!

  3. chiadam - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    He’s just following in Campbell’s counfounding and wandering footsteps. At this rate he’s a lock to eventually replace head idiot Gary Bettman (just as soon as he draws up plans to further dilute and cripple the league by expanding to Fresno, Des Moines, Sante Fe, three more cities in hockey-mad Florida, and Death Valley).

    • mountainlion2 - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      They should just go ahead and move all the Canada teams and NE US teams to FL. Half their fan base is here riding out the harsh winter.

  4. lsxphotog - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Wow, there are a lot of people not understanding what went on in this play. If you see intent to injure you should have a family member drive you down to LensCrafters. I see Moore trying to take out Fedotenko’s space but he wasn’t paying attention to what was going on around him on the ice. Moore collides, Fedsy gets a chip in the face, he dives wildly to attract a call, gets the call.

    And now you know.

    And knowing is half the battle. Before you disagree, play hockey for 20 years and check back.

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