Cheapshot from Cleary... there is no place for that in the NHL...
Here's the problem: Things like this will continue because the league isn't serious about policing itself. Time and time again it's either no hearing or a BS fine. The only solution at this point is to get rid of the instigator rule and let teams police themselves. It will make for some all-out donnybrooks initially, but will even itself out eventually.
I must admit I am shocked at how deplorable Shanahan is at this job, whether it's his own incompetence or the higher powers that be. I really thought Shanny was a perfect choice for the position given the way he played, but he's either stunningly inadequate or a mere figurehead. Just do away with the whole dog-and-pony show already and get on with the game.
Am I the only one pleased with this game? Yes, a win would have been optimal, but the only thing that would have made it better would have been being there. The Wings played a great game, and so did the Leafs. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The crowd was great, it was good hockey going back to its roots. Even the officiating for the most part was good. Whether the whistles were swallowed or frozen, no matter. They played. The game rocked.
The shootout must die, but I have yet to watch a single shootout.