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Suspension debate 1: Shane Doan boards Trevor Lewis

May 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

For four periods, division rivals the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes were surprisingly civil. That all changed in the second period of Game 2, as chaos basically ensued. The Kings improved a 1-0 first period lead to 3-0, but two moments of violence will dominate most of the conversation.

First things first, Coyotes captain Shane Doan boarded Trevor Lewis 16:29 into the second period. He received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit.

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Some people, such as NBC’s Keith Jones, believe that it only should have been a minor penalty because Lewis “turned in” to the hit. Others wonder if Doan should prepare for a discussion with Brendan Shanahan.

What do you think, though? Was the in-game punishment enough? Was it actually too excessive or should he get suspended? If a suspension is in order, for how long? Let us know in the comments while video is coming soon.

  1. bleed4philly - May 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    That was bad luck, don’t suspend him.

  2. itsallniceonice - May 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    The refs promptly showed their idiocy for calling a rare embellishment on Brown, which of course wasn’t. No way this is a suspension. Lewis saw Doan coming and faced the boards for the best opportunity to protect the puck and just didn’t have a good enough position once Doan hit him to maintain balance and possession. A definite risk move and a sudden move before Doan hit. No extra discipline, although I suspect the idiot Shanahan will drag this out with a call.

  3. biffnasty - May 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Shouldn’t be suspended…and man did Smith get him real good. Had to hurt big time

  4. challer9 - May 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I’m a Rangers fan so I could care less about the Kings or Coyotes. That being said, if Doan gets suspended it’s a joke. At some point these guys need to protect themselves.

  5. shutyourfivehole - May 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Refs overreacted on the Doan call because they are afraid of an after-game phone call from Toronto. Then they promptly blew the call on Dustin Brown. Then they let Mike Smith give a worse acting job than Alec Baldwin on SNL and didn’t give him 2.

  6. mrpigs - May 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    If anything they need to look at smiths stick chop to the back of the legs! That was vicious! You gotta be discreet when u do that! Go Rangers!

    • odj810 - May 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      vicious it was but goalies do that all the time. There constantly slashing at people in front of the net. He certainly got brown in a bad spot but I don’t think there will be suspensions from the game. Getting tossed is discipline enough. I don’t think it matters either this will not be a long series.

      • odj810 - May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        just looked at hanzal’s hit again and he’s getting at least one for that.

  7. jason9696 - May 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Shane Doan is a cheap shot artist. I know he’s been suspended on more than one occasion. Bye bye Yotes!!!

  8. howardforvezina - May 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    He should be suspended, because he elbowed him in the back and has done this multiple times. Mike Smith also deserves suspension.

    • supr49er - May 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Smith might deserve a suspension, but they’ll never suspend him in the playoffs.

  9. hrudey - May 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    I think the major+game misconduct was the right call since boarding + obvious injury (i.e., seeing blood when the player gets up, not a minute later on the bench) calls for that. Lewis did turn into it, though, and were it not for the blood it would be a minor. No suspension is necessary for that.

    Hanzal, on the other hand . . . no need to show up for game 3.

  10. oside760 - May 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM


  11. dbowen10 - May 16, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    1 game Suspension for the first 2. 3 games for Hanzle First off with Doan, it’s the context of the play that makes it a cheap shot. Clearly, Smith made a mistake by turning his back. Watching the play though it seems that he lost the puck and was turning to find it not to avoid the hit. The more important thing here though is the slashing penalty to Brown. Brown literally lifts his hands to the referees to show the broken stick. From the second that Brown holds his hands up the Kings never have control of the puck and seem surprised that play is continuing. The refs should’ve called it dead then. What would Doan accomplish by taking a run at Smith? He’s clearly trying to inflict damage out of frustration and could’ve cared less what was going on with the puck and he knows that the play will be called dead. Doan says he was trying to poke check the puck, but that’s obvious b.s. Smith’s hack is blatant and it’s ridiculous that Brown took a penalty. The final and most dangerous hit by Hanzle is ridiculous. There is no argument to be made. The way this year’s playoffs have gone the league will need to make an example of these 3. No team should be looking to put themselves back in contention for the win by headhunting. Save that for the regular season when there isn’t a cup on the line. Trying to hurt players with cheap shots because you’re outclassed isn’t the way to win in the playoffs.

  12. thedavesiknowiknow - May 16, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Here’s a confusing Brendan Shanahan endorsement: Literally every hit that “looked bad” this year has resulted in at least a game (sans every time Ovechkin and Kaleta throw a check, in which by definition EVERY hit is suspension worthy, but I digress). While Lewis clearly put himself in the position to come up bleeding from this hit, Doan did (technically) hit him in the numbers. It looked bad: It’s right there, plain as day. Shanahan has handed out suspensions for “stupider” reasons. Watch the Torres hit on Hossa again. 35 games, for the same hit Ovechkin throws every time he hits someone, because the NHL (apparently) suffered the embarrassment of watching one of it’s players (unfortunately) getting carried off on a stretcher that time. Shanahan set the standard: zero tolerance for hits that look bad. Regardless of how vulnerable the recipient of the hit looked, this is on par with EVERY one of those videos justifying a suspension this season. This doesn’t make it right, in fact I’d say 50% of the suspensions handed out this year were probably based entirely on how it “looked”, but if Shanahan doesn’t finish what he started, I have no idea what he’s talking about from here on.

  13. mclovinhockey - May 16, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Smith cant be suspended.. It was a slash and a bad call by the ref. stop acting like idiots…. Doans hit was clean… What he got was over kill, the idiot turned into that. Hanzel is done for the round… Aka 2 games… Go kings.

  14. wicky888 - May 16, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Doan was punished enough already, Lewis turned last second. Hanzal gets 2-3 games, no question about that. Smith should also get a game. Clear frustration, intent to injure. They gave Giroux a game for that same criteria, although this wasnt a blow to the head. The series is over anyway, I say you send a message and give Smith a game.

  15. bcjim - May 16, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Probably deserves a game, I thought Jones was really dismissive of the hit. I have no rooting interest here, just looked ugly to me and some of the blame has to go to the player doing the hitting.

  16. slclions - May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    1 game…maybe Lewis said something to Doan in French first

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