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Video: Is Shaw’s suspension fair?

Apr 17, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

In case you missed it, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw has been handed a three-game suspension for charging Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Was disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s decision fair?

To see the hit for yourself and watch Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick’s take on the situation, please check out the video below:

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Where do you stand on the Shaw ruling? Do you think three games was too much? Do you feel that Shaw’s hit was worse than, say, Shea Weber shoving Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the boards? Or are those two incidents so different that they can’t be compared in terms of punishment? Let us know in the comments section.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    So Rafi Torres doesn’t even get thrown out?

    Seriously, is the fix in?

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Shaw’s suspension is completely bogus. So is the league’s punishment system.

  3. sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Not fair. Next question.

  4. alamarco - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I’m with Roenick on this one. 3 games for something like this, especially a first offender is too much.

    Carkner physically assaulted Boyle. Carkner just kept pounding on a guy who was not in agreement to fight. Boyle was defenseless the entire time and even when Boyle dropped the ice Carkner continued to pound on him.

    Carkner only got 1 game for his actions while Shaw gets 3? Yeah, the players are definitely guessing.

  5. elvispocomo - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I think this one’s out of whack as well. Goalies are a little more defenseless, so they should be protected from cheap shots, but should they be protected more than someone facing the boards in a defenseless position? Bitz gets 2 for his hit, which was intentional (not to injure, but to make the hit) and Shaw gets 3 for an unintentional hit? Is that worse than Keith getting 5 in the regular season (assuming a 2:1 ration for playoff games vs regular season) for a blatant and intentional elbow? Is that three times worse than Weber intentionally grabbing Zetterberg’s head and driving it into the boards yet only getting fined $2500?

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