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Marcus Johansson thinks it’s weird that Mark Stuart wasn’t suspended

Mar 18, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

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You can understand why Caps forward Marcus Johansson might be a bit confused about how the league works. After seeing Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart get slapped with a $2,500 fine for his late, head-high hit on him, Johansson was left wondering just what’s going on.

Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post hears from Johansson about his disappointment with the league’s lack of suspension for what on all appearances looked to be the kind of hit they want to eliminate from the game.

“It’s not really my thing to have any impact on it,” Johansson said after the morning skate at United Center. “But seeing [Mike Green] and [Alex Ovechkin] get three games for something that’s pretty similar, I think it’s weird.”

Weird is a good way to describe it when you don’t want to get the league’s attention for criticizing their decision. After seeing the kinds of hits his teammates have gotten nailed for, Johansson makes a good point.

The suspensions given to Green and Ovechkin involved plays that were eerily similar to what Stuart did. You could argue that it’s Stuart’s first offense and he shouldn’t get the same treatment, but Green was given three games on his first offense. And you wonder why Brendan Shanahan’s job is the hardest one in the league.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    You aren’t the only one, MoJo

  2. rg3isvictory - Mar 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Caps players are always going to be a little more high profile(thanks to the leagues love affair with OVI) and in return are going to be made an example. Unfortunately the Caps haven’t earned any glitz and glamour with early exits from the playoffs being their calling card! I’m hoping that changes this year with them struggling to stay in the playoff race. We miss you T. Fleischman!!!

  3. stakex - Mar 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    This is what gets me. Thats a far worse hit then the one Ovechkin was suspended for. Ovechkin left his feet and made some contact with the head in his hit, but it wasn’t from the blind side, head was not principle point of contact, and the head wasn’t targeted. On this hit, he doesn’t leave his feet but the head is CLEARLY the point of contact, and very much seemed to be targeted. On top of that Johansson was in a vulnerable spot and the hit came from the blind side.

    With all that said, Ovechkin was suspended for three games compared to only a $2,500 fine for Stuart, which might as well be no action at all with how much these guys make. We can argue all day long about which hit was worse, but they are both about the same… and theo nly difference was Ovechkin had a record. Is having a record really worth 3 games compared to none, especially when Ovechkins record didn’t involve headshots? I certainly don’t think so. If its a dirty hit and suspendable, its a dirty hit thats suspendable…. record or not.

    Shanahan had a good start to his job, but as the year has gone on there has become yet more uncertainty with suspensions. Its really sad.

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