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Report: No hearing for Michalek on Girardi kick

Apr 24, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek won’t face any disciplinary hearing for allegedly kicking Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi on Monday night.

Video evidence of the incident has been hard to come by. This replay shows Girardi reacting angrily with a fallen Michalek in the vicinity, but no conclusive evidence of a direct kick.

So, why so much fuss about the play? Some of it stems from a similar play involving Jeff Skinner and Scott Nichol earlier this season, when Skinner used his skate to push off Nichol:

As the video states, Skinner was suspended two games for the action.

ESPN New York reported earlier today the league planned on reviewing the Michalek-Girardi incident while TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted the following:




Dreger later said that, upon further consideration, there is a major difference between the two incidents: Skinner was reacting to a hit along the boards while Michalek was at the bottom of a pile.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Nowhere in that video could I see anything resembling a kick by Michalek.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      I honestly don’t see it. Maybe someone wants to point it out instead of just downthumbing?

      • bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        This is the best look at it:

        Conclusive? Maybe not. But supposedly the NHL got their hands on a different camera angle. You can clearly see Girardi’s leg making a sudden backwards jerking movement and the nearest thing to his leg as the camera zooms out is Michalek’s skate. Girardi also immediately jumps up looking for a witness and waving his hands like, “Did anyone see that!?!” which of course nobody did because the controversial goal had just happened.

    • stakex - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      At 15 seconds you can see it, sorta. Happens just off camera, and none of the other replays are long enough to show it.

      What gets me is that the league clearly felt a kick happened. Yet they explained it as perfecltly fine since “Michalek was at the bottom of a pile”? What kind of sick joke is that? I guess if your in a pile of players in the NHL, its now legal to start kicking people for no reason…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Thanks, I see it now. Sure would be tough to suspend him for Game 7 based on that.

  2. 1337ryan - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    OHHHHH Why would there be?!?!?! That would be a HINT of consistency!!!! Wouldn’t want that now!!! This incident only ended up cutting the sock and some padding…

  3. jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    see my initial post on the first article in regards to the kick. what an absolute joke. what was he doing with his legs then? if he was flailing them to get up, why would he kick his stomach?

  4. bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Shanahan continues his streak of inconsistency. No blood? No foul. Girardi has a tendon severed by an extremely dangerous play? Throw the book at him.

    Will it take someone to become permanently injured (or even killed) for “intent” to play a role in these rulings?

  5. jonkybon - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    If a NY Ranger had done that to Michalek, then he would have been suspended for the next six games. Because it was done to a Ranger, Shannahan probably paid a bounty bonus out of his own pocket. Just look at this turd’s track record involving the Rangers as both a player and a league official. If Dolan had any balls he’d sue the NHL until they canned Shannahan.

    • vanchuk - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      cuz the NHL wants the massive media market of Ottawa in the playoffs to draw large NBC television audiences, right? Or maybe Shannahan is upset that his years as a Ranger didn’t go as well as he would have liked? You sound like habsman and all the Tony Gallagher led Vancouver Canuck conspiracy theorists.

      • geografer1 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        No they don’t care that it is Ottawa but they do care it is a Canadian team and the only one left. They want the entire nation of Canada to be behind one team and watching. Still bigger than NY and they always want a Canadian team in since they seem to still think it is “their game”.

  6. bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Also I would LOVE to see the overhead footage of the kick. There should be at least two different angles that show the incident. At about 1:26 of the version of the video linked above, it’s just about to happen, but the coverage cuts to another angle.

    If that angle is inconclusive, so be it. But if it clearly shows a deliberately kicked out skate making contact with Girardi? Seriously, WTF NHL?

  7. broadstbully33 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    it shouldnt matter that its a game 7 or reg season game….players obviously think shanahan is a joke and continue to play dirty…look at the 13 headshots thrown at philly by pit and neal gets 1 game for two dirty hits 15 seconds apart with crystal clear intent to injure

  8. blockedshotnyr - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Best evidence of the kick in the video at the bottom of the page – 12-13 second mark – Michalek puts his skate into Girardi’s thigh and pushes off. Plain as day.

    • villi5ed - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Plain as day, conclusive, definitive. And sadly it will entirely ignored by the league.

    • stakex - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Wow, that is the best view…. by far. How is that ANY different then what Jeff Skinner did? very dangerous play that should have been punished, no doubt about it.

    • bdfools - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Wow. If that isn’t a suspension, I don’t know what is.

      Is Shanahan really that bad at this?

    • rrino - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      I certainly see the kick on this video. Not a whole lot different than the Skinner kick. I think the biggest difference between the Skinner and Mic incindents though is that Girardi is kneeling over Mic taking a few swings. Skinner was not being attacked at all. Not that that makes it OK, if you are going to suspend one, suspend the other as well. Status quo.

  9. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    This suspension process has become so subjective. I mean, really who’s to know what the NHL will find to be a suspendable act or whether there will be conclusive evidence? Why no hearing to determine what Girardi alleges happened and give Michalek a chance to defend himself? This decision making process stinks like Chris Neil’s lady parts. With no real idea what the outcome will be, the deterrent effect of suspensions is nil…. Which is exactly why there’s about 3 of these incidents a night in the playoffs.

  10. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    If you Ranger fans who are crying don’t like it

    Stop watching

    You won’t be missed

    At All

  11. ShlebyK2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Honest question: does having a guy on top of you, shoving you down onto the ice justify this? It might not – this action could lead to a serious injury – but from the nydailynews video, it looks more like a guy trying to break free someone trying to deliberately injure another player.

    • blockedshotnyr - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      No is the simple answer here – just as engaging in a fight or shoving match lead to matching penalties just because you do not start something does not make your retaliatory actions permissible.

      Further, hitting someone with an object that can cause serious injury – like a skate blade – is a much greater foul than mere rough play, which we see around the crease in the NHL in any given game. Getting roughed up in the crease does not give someone permission to escalate to a level which could cause serious trauma to another.

      This sends the messgae that is permissible for a player to kick another player with a blade if he is on top of him. Which could of course lead to serious injury…

      And when it does Shannahan will act… Because it didn’t there’s no need to take prevent measures ::rolls eyes::

      • ShlebyK2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Makes sense – we don’t want scrums/fights devolving into street-fight-type brawls. Some are getting bad enough; we don’t need to give the players weapons.

        (Awesome coincidence of the day: as I typed this post, the song “Right Back Where We Started From” from “Slap Shot” came on the radio.)

  12. geografer1 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Of course you can’t suspend a player from a Canadian team so that he would miss a game 7. NHL doesn’t like it when there isn’t a Canadian team in the playoffs. They aren’t going to do anything that might happer that teams ability to stay in the playoffs, regardless of if the player should be or not. It’s all one big joke. Pittsburgh’s Neal is the first to face two hearings in one day for the same game for two dirty plays within about 30 seconds of each other. The result – one game – is a joke. Same principle, they’re going to do everything they can to ensure that their golden child could stay in. It’s all one big joke.

    • ShlebyK2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Ottawa or New York…which is the bigger media market? With all non-traditional markets winning out West, I’m pretty sure the league would want the biggest names possible to advance from what’s left (you kind of make this point by bringing up Pittsburgh).

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