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Zach Bogosian somehow avoids a suspension for the third time this season

Mar 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Zach Bogosian, Ondrej Pavelec Getty Images

That was a quick call for the league. After showing you Zach Bogosian‘s leaping charge on Carolina’s Andreas Nodl and wondering if it would lead to a suspension, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports there won’t be any supplementary discipline for Bogosian for the hit.

Amazingly, this wasn’t Bogosian’s first dance with the league when it comes to questionable hits. There were two other plays this season in which Bogosian was scrutinized for iffy play with an elbow to Cody Eakin as well as a hit from behind on Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

The odd part of all this is that in the eyes of the league Bogosian will continue to have a clean record. You would have to suspect that Bogosian avoided a suspension this time around because he was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging Nodl (Nodl left the game and did not return after the hit), but considering how the league was making it a point to take player safety seriously, this is another head-scratching decision from Brendan Shanahan.

Have another look at the hit courtesy of The Score and judge for yourself. Would you have suspended Bogosian for this play?

  1. govtminion - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Those must be some REALLY incriminating photos he has of Brendan Shanahan.

    Kidding aside, how is this NOT suspension-worthy? Isn’t this EXACTLY what the league has been trying to crack down on?

    • sabatimus - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      It was definitely a charge, but the head wasn’t targeted and was not the initial point of contact. That said, Shanny gotten a LOT wrong this year to the point where you don’t know what the standard is.

    • bruins33 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      He was ejected from the game and put his team on the PK for 5 min. Its not like he wasn’t punished for that play.

  2. wingsdjy - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    “I’m sorry. This video cannot be accessed from your current location.”

    Really? Central Illinois is locked out? Weird.

  3. rarelyshaves - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    this clown (shanahan) must have run out of batteries a couple weeks ago. maybe someone should flying elbow him to wake him up.

  4. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    It seems like Winnipeg has a lot a dirt on Shanahan. The past two games now in Winnipeg there have been two hits on players, that should have been at least a two game suspension. The one Marcus Johansson from Stuart, clearly a malicious hit, and nothing but a 2,500 fine that’s BS! And now this, hit on Nodl, when Bogosian also as clear as day, leaves his feet to make contact and even worse theirs nothing, not even a fine..Again BS!

    Shanahan needs to pull his head out of his ass and make the same calls every time. I agree with what govtminion asked above. I thought that, was their goal this year and but i guess I’m wrong. Pretty sad.

  5. rainyday56 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Shanny’s boss knows nothing about the game. Shanny and his charges can “cavort with the canine” anytime they want.

  6. jond86 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    There have been suspensions dished out for players leaping already, and not as high as Bogosian. Besides him leaving his feet the hit was clean just not very consistent. Maybe the league realizes they were giving too many suspensions and now they are tapering it back.

  7. homelanddefense - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    the league is so inconsistent with penalties and suspensions on hits it is ridiculous. Another player could have made the same hit and gotten 4 games.

  8. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I still remember the hit he landed on Buchard too, and PMB hasn’t been on the ice since. Thanks for never doing the right thing Shanny!

  9. 2qswing - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Well at least the game officials had some balls.
    Leaving the feet prior to contact, targeting the head. Thats two guys this clown has injured.
    What are you waiting for Shanny? paralysis

    • sabatimus - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      He’s waiting for Brad Marchand to do it.

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