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SHANABANNED! Jannik Hansen gets one game for Hossa hit

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By Allan Muir

I’ve heard it said that the best deal is the one from which neither side walks away completely happy. If that’s the case, then Brendan Shanahan probably came up with the perfect punishment for Jannik Hansen.

Sheriff Shanny handed the Vancouver forward a one-game suspension today for the elbow he threw to the back of Marian Hossa’s head on Tuesday night. He’ll miss Thursday’s meeting with the Stars in Dallas as a result.

It’s an interesting verdict. I was expecting something more severe, maybe in the range of three games. Intentional or not, it was undeniably a head shot delivered against a completely defenseless victim … pretty much the exact element the league says it’s trying to get out of the game.

But I talked to a few people around the league, and most thought there would be no suspension. Former referee Kerry Fraser does a nice job summing up that viewpoint over at TSN.

So this clearly isn’t as cut-and-dry as most situations the Department of Player Safety addresses. But after weighing the evidence, the DOPS ultimately decided Hansen was reckless and handed out the suspension, which means he also forfeits $7,297.30 in salary.

Here’s my problem: the suspension doesn’t seem to match the crime Shanny describes in the video:

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  • Published On Feb 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Winter Classic update; Hansen faces hearing; more links

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    Michigan Stadium will be the site of the 2014 Winter Classic

    Wait ’til next year: Michigan Stadium will finally get to host the biggest Winter Classic ever. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Toronto Star quotes sources as saying the Maple Leafs will meet the Red Wings in Ann Arbor for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.

    • Jannik Hansen of the Canucks has a 3:30 p.m. meeting today with Brendan Shanahan in the wake of what Hansen called “a hockey play.”

    • The view from Vancouver: it wasn’t even a penalty. Maybe it’s just the cynic in me, but I’m guessing that they might have felt differently about the play had it been Henrik Sedin face-down on the ice.

    • No link, just a repeat of a question I asked last night: I see players drop the gloves to avenge a fallen teammate after a hard but legal hit all the time. So where were all those honor-bound Blackhawks after Hansen’s cheap shot? Pretty pathetic.

    • The headline in the New York Post after Montreal beat the Rangers said it all: Z’s the Day. Nice work by the editor who came up with that gem. And nice work by quote machine John Tortorella, who described it as “Two bad teams playing and we were worse than they were.” In Montreal’s room, there was praise for the two-way play of Lars Eller.

    • The Sabres turned in “a mistake-filled, passionless” performance in last night’s 2-1 loss to Winnipeg. The clock is ticking louder in Buffalo…

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  • Published On Feb 20, 2013
  • Semi-sweet 16 for Blackhawks; Suspension looming for Hansen?

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    After Vancouver scored twice in the final 2:42, Andrew Shaw beat Cory Schneider for the game-winner. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    After Vancouver scored two in the final 2:42, Andrew Shaw beat Cory Schneider for the game-winner. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    • It goes down in the books as a record-tying 4-3 win for the Chicago Blackhawks, but this one won’t leave anyone in the mood to celebrate.

    This was a 25-minute effort for the Hawks, a pretty miserable way to tie an NHL record originally set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks with points in 16 straight games to start the season.

    Chicago played a tentative first period as they tried to adjust to Vancouver’s early passive forecheck, then were back on their heels as the Canucks changed course and began hammering them and hemming them in their own zone.

    The Hawks retaliated in the second, playing the kind of all-guts, no-glory style that got them to this point. They outshot Vancouver 16-6 and rang up three unanswered goals, including a pair from first star Marian Hossa.

    But the third was the stuff of Joel Quenneville’s nightmares, a fine start that dissolved into bad decisions, lazy penalties and weak plays along the wall leading to a pair of Vancouver goals in the final three minutes to send the game to extra time.

    They turned on the jets in OT and eventually put the game in the win column thanks to Andrew Shaw’s shootout clincher, but those two late goals were a sharp reminder that this team can’t afford to play cute.

    • Have to believe that Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen will be hearing from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in the morning after this third period incident:

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  • Published On Feb 20, 2013


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