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NY Rangers 2 8.00%
Boston 3 12.00%
Florida 1 4.00%
Pittsburgh 1 4.00%
Ottawa 3 12.00%
Philadelphia 2 8.00%
New Jersey 2 8.00%
Vancouver 3 12.00%
Detroit 1 4.00%
Phoenix 1 4.00%
St Louis 4 16.00%
Nashville 1 4.00%
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Chicago 1 4.00%
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:28 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Agreed...but you would love him if he was on your team.


Seriously though, I wonder if he plays like that because he is so small....and he has to play aggressively. Without that reputation of being a "dirty little prick", I bet teams would be pushing him around more. Sometime I watch him out there and he looks like a 12 year old zipping around with the big kids.
Nope, wouldn't want him even for free. He's dirty and there's no place in hockey or any sport for that matter, for players that intentionally hurt people and try to end their careers. What goes around, comes around

There`s plenty of ways to play aggressive and physical without being dirty
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I hear Scott Gomez is available for a bag of pucks this off seasons, BTW!
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The playoffs bring out the worst in every team. Everybody wants the Cup.

Putting Brad Marchand in the same group as people like Matt Cooke and Steve Downie is ridiculous. Marchand doesn't try to end other players' careers.
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Suspended, elbow to the base of the skull

Reviewed, no suspension but Shanahan "Didn't like it"

Slew foot, very dangerous. Fine $2500

Clothesline then ducking a hit

Nut punch, no fine but seriously? wtf

Suspended 5 games. Clipping



All very cheap, dirty plays. No place for any of them in any sport. Any one of the hits or slew foot could easily have ended a career so yes, I put those hits in the same category as Cooke, Tootoo or Downie
The guy has been in the league barely 2 years and has all those already? No, he's not dirty at all....

Too bad. He has real talent but the cheap shots/dirty play needs to stop
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After Thursday night’s 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh, Tortorella ripped into the Penguins. Defenseman Brooks Orpik appeared to deliberately make a knee-to-knee hit on Rangers’ center Derek Stepan.

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“It’s a cheap, dirty hit,” said Tortorella. “I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars over there? I wonder what would happen? So I’m anxious to see what happens with the league with this. Just no respect amongst players. None. It’s sickening.”

He continued, “It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the league. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens. It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two [expletive] stars.”
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Boston Bruin's Brad Marchand Suspended (Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 3/15/11) - YouTube
Suspended, elbow to the base of the skull

Brad Marchand Dirty Hit On Alexei Emelin - 02/15/2012 - YouTube
Reviewed, no suspension but Shanahan "Didn't like it"

Brad Marchand slewfoots Matt Niskanen [HD] {Dual Feed} - YouTube
Slew foot, very dangerous. Fine $2500

Brad Marchand Clothesline Christian Ehrhoff and hits Daniel Sedin late after the Whislte - YouTube
Clothesline then ducking a hit

Brad Marchand Low blows Marc Staal. January 21th 2012 - YouTube
Nut punch, no fine but seriously? wtf

Brad Marchand suspended 5 games 1/9/12 - YouTube
Suspended 5 games. Clipping



All very cheap, dirty plays. No place for any of them in any sport. Any one of the hits or slew foot could easily have ended a career so yes, I put those hits in the same category as Cooke, Tootoo or Downie
The guy has been in the league barely 2 years and has all those already? No, he's not dirty at all....

Too bad. He has real talent but the cheap shots/dirty play needs to stop


I finally got a chance to watch these.

I don't agree with two of them.

The clothesline video looked like he was stepping around the guy instead of taking a boarding hit...which it would have been if he didn't step around. Yes, he separated his arm from the stick, but that was to get around him faster and make less of a target.

The clipping call was lame and should never have been called because that was NOT on or below the knee. It was on the thigh and it was more the type of hip checks that old time hockey was made of.
There is one point in that video where Shanahan is explaining it and the clip is stopped. From that "stopped" angle, it appears to be at his knees, but then they continue rolling the clip and you can see the contact is actually made on the thigh.

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Well, John Tortorella spoke and the league gave him his answer

Rangers’ John Tortorella Fined $20,000 For Thursday’s Postgame Comments « CBS New York
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Seriously though:

Comments by coach towards an organization? $20,000 fine

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Elbows, hits, slashes that injure and can potentially ruin a career? Max $2,500 fine

Suspensions to prevent illegal blows to the actual players that it employs? Inconsistent at best

Something doesn't seem right here
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Interestingly, Marchand has never bitten another player.

Nor has he given any player a severe concussion that removed them entirely from a playoff series.
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Interestingly, Marchand has never bitten another player.
Biting a player didn't cause him to lose a shift, never mind a game. I didn't like the bite and Burrows should have been suspended a game or few, but who sticks their finger in someones mouth anyways?

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Nor has he given any player a severe concussion that removed them entirely from a playoff series.
No, but he did give Salo a concussion with his clipping suspension. There's more to a hockey season than just the playoffs. Apples to apples

Anyways, if people can't see that those hits are dirty and deserved the suspensions he received, then there's really nothing left to discuss. Look past the colour of his jersey to the actual suspended plays. He's on the books now as a repeat offender so you'd better hope he doesn't get one this playoff run or he'll be gone for a while.
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Anyways, if people can't see that those hits are dirty and deserved the suspensions he received, then there's really nothing left to discuss. Look past the colour of his jersey to the actual suspended plays. He's on the books now as a repeat offender so you'd better hope he doesn't get one this playoff run or he'll be gone for a while.
I just think it's funny a Vancouver fan is lecturing us about dirty plays. Sorry we're not pumping your tires.
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Of course Vancouver fans are still sore since you did unleash this beast on our town!






Best of luck to all teams/fans in the playoffs. No easy route to the finals. Good luck!
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Of course Vancouver fans are still sore since you did unleash this beast on our town!
Okay, I've not seen that image before...that's pretty hilarious.

Another President's Trophy and you're getting Daniel back. Looks like the Canucks are poised for another deep run this year.
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whoah...Vancouver lost again?

whats going on?
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whoah...Vancouver lost again?

whats going on?
I'm not overly shocked to be honest, but they are screwed.
LA is considerably better than their 8th seed would suggest. Like Boston last year, Vancouver just doesn't match up well against that style and LA was probably the worst match up of the 8 besides maybe Nashville. At least nobody can call the Sedins soft after Hendrick soaked up Browns hit and finished the game. Wow

The Flyers/Pens series appears not to have any goalies that can stop the puck.

Every other series has been hard fought and entertaining. Especially the Rangers/Sens series. Brutal. Nobody is getting out of that one healthy

Is it just me or is there a ton of head hunting, flagrant elbows etc? What is going on? I can't remember the last time I saw so many uncalled for, nasty plays in one round of the playoffs.
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The Flyers series has been entertaining for the eastern part of Pennsylvania.
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Torres suspended indefinitely, hearing set for Friday - Chicago Blackhawks - News

Argh. Don't know what is going to happen to my Hawks without Hossa. Freakin wiley Coyote.
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I realize it's Torres but seems excessive, I thought it would be 10-15 games. Especially when the refs/linesmen calling that game didn't get canned, for not only failing to call the hit but giving Phoenix a powerplay out of it, which arguably ended up basically handing them the game. Cooke and Simmonds got game misconducts for yapping in their series*, but send a guy out on a stretcher and they hand his (NHL owned business fail, no conflict of interests there) team a chance to score a goal, with the offender staying out on the ice to contribute and finish the game. Only Gary Bettman could make me almost feel bad for the guy, whom I've long agreed is a scumbag.


It's an easy 10 game(minimum) suspension, but 25 I'd think should be reserved for the kind of hit Claude Lemieux became famous for - and much as I dislike Torres, this just wasn't one of those hits.


*not that I'm questioning that call, but if they genuinely missed the hit the refs could have given Torres a 10 min penalty under any pretense, and isn't all that uncommon for them to do so when they feel it's warranted to keep things on the ice under control.

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The Flyers series has been entertaining for the eastern part of Pennsylvania.

I think it's been fun for the entire east coast of US & Canada. Definitely the most entertaining series I've seen in awhile.


I'm rooting for Philly(more for Briere), but won't be surprised if the Pens come back to win it in game 7.
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Woo Hoo! Philly is through to the next round!

Suck on that Sidney!
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Boston will get healthy and start gaining momentum just as the playoffs start, making them the first team to repeat since the 97-98 Red Wings.
Or not, dag nabbit.
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I was at game 6 in Philly. It was LEGENDARY. Giroux is quickly rising on my list of favorite Flyers of all time (#1 ... Rod Brind'Amour).

Oh, and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, Boston.
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