My feeling is that anything cheap that happens after the final horn should be punishable with at least a fine if you want to put an end to the gooning BS when the game is over. Gaustad got a big chop in on the legs of Datsyuk during that same sequence.
If Hank were Crosby, Weber would be suspended for the remainder of the Preds' run.
But, as it is, I'll be amazed if he gets even one game.
You are completely right, if you put Crosby in Hank's position there would be levied a suspension to end all suspensions. The media would be calling for blood, and everyone on Pittsburgh would be interviewed two or three times so they can squeeze in buzz words like "no respect" or "gutless. Then again, if it happened to Sid he would milk it for all it was worth, sit a few games and pout.
To everyone in the media I've heard, the intent was clear and the act was terrible, but since Zetterberg didn't appear injured and the league only cares about the results, no suspension for Weber. Basically, his act was heinous but he executed it poorly because he didn't succeed in injuring Zetterberg... I'll let that sink in for a second.
And the cherry on top is the actual "hockey play" that occurred - Hank went into a scrum and bumped Weber to get the puck as Weber turned to put himself in the position to protect it - is the subject of the counter-whining from Trotz and Weber, even being called a "hit to the head". What a smart league would say is "average play results in extraordinary retaliation", using it to prove intent. What this league will do is take the easy route of doing nothing because Zetterberg was not injured, Weber has no "history" to my knowledge, and will say the turnbuckle headshot Zata took was simply a ***-for-tat in post-game chippiness (which it was not).
Prepare to be sickened yet again, Red Wings' fans
Edited by b.shanafan14, 12 April 2012 - 07:06 AM.