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Report: No suspension for Franzen after spearing Perron

Feb 8, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

Detroit forward Johan Frazen won’t face any supplemental discipline after spearing Blues winger David Perron during Thursday’s 5-1 win in St. Louis.

Here’s the incident in question:

Franzen was given a five-minute spearing major and a game misconduct on the play (Perron got two for boarding), though the penalties had little effect on the outcome as the score was 4-1 in Detroit’s favor at the time.

Oddly enough, this isn’t Franzen’s first foray into the spear game — during last year’s opening playoff round, he took a jab at Nashville forward David Legwand while Legwand was on the Predators bench:

Franzen was tagged with a two-minute slashing penalty on that play, and Legwand was given two for interference (for grabbing Franzen’s jersey.)

There was no supplemental discipline for that spear, either.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Mule kick to the gut

  2. grumpyoleman - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    If you are going to be gutless and hit someone from behind you deserve a good mule spearing.

  3. bensawesomeness - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I don’t care who you are, nobody deserves a spear to the nuts.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      I think Fehr deserves a Mule kick spear to the nuts and while we’re at it may as well give one to Bettman too.

  4. Stiller43 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Is there something on your side you can do to make the videos you post show up on the app on iphones? Or is it just an iQuirk?

    • Mike Halford - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I believe it’s an iQuirk, though I was under the impression YouTube embeds worked just iFine.

      • killerpgh - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Both video showed for me and I’m using a iPad.

  5. sergeikremlin - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    At least a one-game suspension. Used his stick like a weapon, there was clear intent, and he’s a repeat offender. Is it just me or is Shanahan being much more lenient this year…

    • brainoflindros - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      He’s on Detroit, Shanahan’s favorite team, don’t know if they were teammates but he won’t suspend anyone he likes…

  6. fusionix7 - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    If suspensions don’t work maybe a shot to the nuts is exactly what the idiots who continually board need to stop it. If you see the back of the jersey of a player in a defenseless position near the boards have respect for you’re fellow player and ease up or take a different angle.

  7. gscheelar - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Even if Franzen did not have a history of using his stick, this should be suspendable. 2 or 3 games for sure. Perron gave him a bump (not sure if it was a boarding call, but he did hit is back so better safe than sorry I guess) and Franzen retaliated.

    To avoid any appearance of favoritism, Shanahan should recuse himself from any disciplinary discussions surrounding the Red Wings.

  8. Stiller43 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM


    Yeah it never shows up in the sports talk app on the iphone (not when i had a 4, or now the 5)…if i open it up in a browser, the video is there, but not on the app.

  9. thehighcountrybear - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    The trick is to make them wade through a high elbow when you turn your back, ala Gordie Howe. If they hit your back, wheel violently using same elbow with intent to clean out their teeth…finish following through with stick to administer high comb! Rarely do they come near you again. Any back-running coward deserves to be speared and relieved of capacity to pollute the gene pool…

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