The NHL's head disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan, chose to defend his suspension decisions in Monday's USA Today.
Specifically, Shanahan fully disagrees with the theory many have put forward as the reasoning for such a violent 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs thus far. In Game 1 of the postseason between the Predators and Red Wings, Nashville's Shea Weber grabbed Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and rammed it into the glass as time expired. Weber was not suspended and fined 2,500.
Shanahan doesn't believe that his decision not to suspend Weber has been a catalyst for the postseason issues, saying "Did you ever sit in a dressing room in the playoffs, and say, I was going to play this one straight tonight, but Shea Weber didnt get suspended so Im going to go to a completely different planet and go off the rails?
He even cites the Andrew Shaw hit on Mike Smith in his explanation:
I dont think Andrew Shaw decided to run a goalie because of Shea Weber. I dont think he woke up that day and said, I think that decision means I can run goalies.
Do you agree with Shanahan's comments? Is each just an isolated incident or did the light punishment for Weber contribute to the problems?
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A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.
The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.
After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.
The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.
The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.
Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark an offense that put up nine runs the day before.
The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.
Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.