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NHL suspends Brandon Prust for one game

May 20, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

Devils coach Peter DeBoer didn’t hold back after New York’s Brandon Prust elbowed Anton Volchenkov in the back of the head in Game 3 on Saturday.

When asked for his thoughts on the play during the post-game press conference, DeBoer said it was “headhunting, plain and simple.”

Prust said the elbowing was “accidental” and there was no penalty on the play. Volchenkov was also able to finish the contest. That being said, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan felt that the incident was serious enough to warrant a suspension.

You can watch Shanahan’s explanation below:

The New York Rangers, who have a 2-1 series lead, will go on without Prust on Monday. He’ll be available for Game 5 on Wednesday.

  1. babykaby - May 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    No way anyone can say he didn’t mean to throw that elbow. My question is, are these guys so stupid that they still don’t realize that everything they do on the ice is caught on, not just one camera, but numerous cameras, and from every possible angle?

    • teaspoon1731 - May 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      I don’t know that he meant to throw an elbow necessarily. Volchenkov cut away at the last minute, Prust may have just been trying to get anything on him and that’s what happened. I’ve actually played hockey, so not everything is necessarily as vindictive as it looks. Usually when someone’s throwing an elbow, they do so as part of a hit, not when they’re in the process of missing.

      That being said, I agree with the suspension because he did hit him dangerously.

      But to answer your question, when these guys are playing, I’m sure they’re focused more on doing their job than on the fact that every little thing they’re doing is on camera. Otherwise, we’d get fewer shots of snot rockets and cup adjustments.

    • stakex - May 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Spoken like someone who has never played hockey, or at least not at a higher level.

      When your trying to hit someone, and they make a sudden move like Volchenkov did sometimes you reach for the hit out of instinct or as a reflex (happens a lot int knee on knee hits). Your just trying to get a piece of the guy, but sometimes it ends up as a high hit. Thats obviously what happened here.

      Its easy to sit here afterwards watching the hit in slow motion going “Gee, why would he do that?”, but players don’t have the option of throwing the hit in slow motion. It happens in a slip second, and sometimes the outcome isn’t good.

      • dmacirish - May 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        spoken like someone who whines to the ref, or at least cries about them calling you for a penalty.

        It doesnt matter what level hockey you are playing you are supposed to be in control of your body every “slip second” (or split second is what i think you meant. granted it wasnt as flagrant as punching him in the back of the head but it was on purpose – whether it be “instinct” or not. it was not a high hit, it was a miss on the hit and the thought was “i am going to miss him with my intended hit, i need to hit him with something – oh wait my elbow can reach, i will stick that out and clip him with that.” that is obviously what happened there.

        these guys play hockey at the highest level and are perfectly in control of their actions, they need to be responsible for their actions.

        -sincerely a flyers fan that thought giroux deserved his suspension.

  2. daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Should’ve been more games, what a cowardly, dangerous thug cheap shot. Bet Whinorella teaches that in practice, just the rest of their forwards would probably shatter their own elbow throwing one they’re so brittle & injury prone. Callahan takes so many cheap shots too, what a piece of garbage he is.

    • chip56 - May 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      That’s a ridiculous comment on a multitude of levels.

    • challer9 - May 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      New York’s forwards are brittle and injury prone? That’s rich coming from what I presume is a Penguins fan. You do know your top 3 centers are Crosby (missed 60 games this year, 41 last year), Malkin (missed 7 this year, 39 last year), and Staal (missed 20 this year, 40 last year)?

      • daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        I must have missed that while I was watching the Stanley Cup champs DVD, an activity you won’t be enjoying any time soon. Pens don’t even need Crosby or Malkin to beat a crap team like The Rags, blocking shots with their heads like Happy Gilmore. That’s how talentless hacks make a living in the league, not great players.

      • jkay1818 - May 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        that’s what you’re subjecting yourself to? watching DVD’s from a few years ago? reliving the glory? I guess we’ll never know if the pens can beat the crap rangers since they were embarrassed in the first round by a soft flyers team. Rangers block shots, something that fleury had trouble doing.

      • anthonykornheiser - May 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        watching dvd’s? the biggest loser on the planet people. “errrr let me put my glasses on, pop in my DVD from a few years ago, slip into my brooks orpik jersey and use my mendenhall jersey as a cum rag” Hope you arent planning on watching the dvd tonight, its a school night, get to bed early.

      • anthonykornheiser - May 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        yeah, gold like champions. pirates wear gold too, nice franchise. so does rapleisberger, the fat slob on that aging team who got waxed by tim tebow.
        rangers wear red, white and blue…like the sb champion giants.

    • jkay1818 - May 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      yup, very brittle and injury prone team. How’s crosby’s neck tissue doing? “whinorella” coming from a pitt fan, comical.
      Rangers are so brittle they only led the nhl in fighting, hits and blocked shots. They only lead every team in the playoffs in hits and blocked shots too. Good assessment on your part….clown.

      • daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        of course they led the league in fighting & hits, they’re thugs. Clown? We’re not the fans showing up wearing clown color blue & red shirts, just GOLD, like champions do.

      • chip56 - May 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        Um…so red white & blue (Rangers’ uniform colors) are “clown colors”? Hmmm where could they have POSSIBLY come up with that color scheme? You’re an embarrassment.

    • chill1184 - May 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Considering that it’s the playoffs being out for one game does make a huge difference. In addition it doesn’t make sense now to suspend a player for more than one game given the suspensions that have been handed out throughout this year’s playoffs.

    • 1337ryan - May 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      I love listening to Pittsburgh fans!! So delusional and hilarious.

  3. chip56 - May 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Yes Prust deserved the suspension; but so did Zubris for his hit on Stralman. Once again Shanny gives more weight to who is involved than the act itself. Not sure that the message the NHL wants to send is that we think Player A is more important than Player B that’s why one play results in a suspension but the same play involving two other people does not.

  4. schlitzy - May 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    those talentless hacks are in the ECF while your team is golfing. enjoy that dvd, you won’t be seeing a new one any time soon!!

    • daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Oh wow they’ve earned the right to lose in the ECF, I’M SO JEALOUS.

  5. daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    anthonykornheiser – May 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
    watching dvd’s? the biggest loser on the planet people. “errrr let me put my glasses on, pop in my DVD from a few years ago, slip into my brooks orpik jersey and use my mendenhall jersey as a cum rag” Hope you arent planning on watching the dvd tonight, its a school night, get to bed early.

    Yeah clearly you’re mature, I’ll bet that talk is a big hit in your middle school locker room. Of course you could be an adult, that type of behavior is expected of Rangers fans, neanderthals.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      you live in pittsburgh, enough said. you miserable white trash steel worker. i know i know nyc is disgusting, only the most expensive place in the world to live and home to the most billionaire’s in the world….i learned that in middle school.

      • daburghdabest - May 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        That is a lie, NYC kids never get past elementary school to learn anything in middle school. Home to the most billionaires? What does that have to do with you my trashy foul mouthed pal? I’m sure you hob nob it real nice in those Manhattan streets, before you take the boat back to your toilet of an apartment on Staten Island reading postcards your dad sent you from prison.

      • wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

        lol “miserable white trash steel worker” That’s awesome. I too have called Penguins fans white trash many a time during these playoffs, but I never used the word miserable. They also love when you say they have mullets, live in trailers, and have camoflage Penguins hats and or jerseys. They are an embarrassment to NHL fans. Most of them are bandwagoners from 2008 who don’t even understand the game of hockey. Then they come onto this site and click on threads that have nothing to do with the Penguins and run their mouths (of course, none of the threads these days are about the Penguins because the Cup favorites got dropped in the first round) Calling the Rangers brittle? The Penguins are the whimpiest bunch of injury prone whining vaginas I have ever seen. I’m sorry you Pitt fans need something to do with your time since the steel mill got shut down and farming season hasn’t started yet. Hey theres always coal mining. So talk about your 2009 DVD all you want, at this point it’s worth nothing more than a coaster for your 22oz can of Bud heavy that sits right next to your ash tray full of Malboro red cigarette butts.

    • jkay1818 - May 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      daburgh, you were corny and unentertaining as “genopringles” and youre exactly the same on this name and the other names you use. Get a grip. You look bad, your team was embarrassed in round one and you keep knocking the rangers. a team two wins away from being in the cup.

  6. barkar942 - May 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    You would think that the moderators would just start looking at IP addresses and stop idiots from having 50 names, all of which are childish and some even vulgar. I think he may have the only internet access in Pittsburgh.

  7. stakex - May 21, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    If this was the regular season, I would have no issue with a one, two, or even three game suspension for Prust. This isn’t the regular season however, its the ECF and these games are worth a hell of a lot more. With no injury on the play, absolutely no punishment history for Prust despite his role as a very physical player, and the fact that the hit wasn’t THAT bad… I think a suspension is overboard. A fine, and a stiff warning that any more dangerous hits would result in harsh punishment would have been better I think.

    But this is Shanahan were talking about. Nothing he has done this post-season has made much sense. There have been some suspensions that were way too large, and some that should have happened but didn’t. The sad part is, it seems like the names of the players involved plays a large role in his decision making….

  8. vindicatus - May 21, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Prust intended to injure (not maim; he wasn’t out there with a chainsaw, but injure, yes). An elbow thrown at the back of someone’s head is a textbook cowardly intent to injure. He also skated around on a mini-rampage aiming for Brodeur’s head afterwards.

    I still won’t call this justice, since it happened in front of two refs who turned a blind eye, but it’s definitely deserved. No way to defend it.

  9. bbk1000 - May 21, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Shanahan is such a tool…this guy had no history and there was intent, no shift was missed either. The Devils have been schooled by the Pittsburgh beauty queens

  10. jaybyrd99 - May 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    as a ranger fan i’m fine with this ,if the goal is to eliminate head shots. shanny’s been wildly inconsistent though and until that’s fixed the players don’t know what ,isn’t a suspendable offense , personally i think any elbow to the head,accident or not,should be eliminated from the game and become an automatic suspension.

    • brian32556 - May 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      exactly! Its the inconsistency that pisses us off! A guy with history slams a head in the boards and only gets a fine. Prust has no history and gets the suspended. WTF!

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  12. nklimet1 - May 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Wow Shannahan… Wow. I would love to know why you choose to suspend some but not others. I’m trying find some logic behind your ABSURD suspension calls and I though I had it figured out. Head shots with injuries = suspension…. nope, you prove me wrong again. Now it might be suspension for head shots by a player on a winning team even if there was no injury on the play. Or there could be some personal vendeta against the Rangers because they helped eliminate the only two canadian teams left in the playoffs. Whatever it may be, the suspensions you come up with are very inconsistent, and are eliminating the physical nature out of hockey. Fans are getting fed up with you, ratings will start dropping, and it will all be on YOUR HEAD mr Shannohan!

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