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Did San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson Try To Pull A Fast One In Statement On Torres Suspension?

COMMENTARY: Over the last few weeks, the Los Angeles Kings have been involved in two incidents involving blows to the head of a player. Both times, the player who was hit suffered an injury, and in each case, a player was suspended. Perhaps even worse, both incidents have shined a bright light on the fact that it isn’t just fans who don’t know the rules, but apparently, National Hockey League players, coaches and general managers don’t either, and the fault for that falls squarely on the shoulders of the NHL.


LA Kings center Jarret Stoll.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Almost one month ago, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown was suspended two games, without pay, for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville at 10:04 of the second period in a game at Minnesota on April 23, a 2-1 Wild victory.

No penalty was called on the play.

Just prior to, and immediately after the decision by National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan was announced, the vast majority of Kings fans were up in arms about the decision, claiming it was a clean hit, and that Brown was a victim of circumstance because of Pominville’s positioning as he approached Brown (slightly low).

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Even With New Player Safety Efforts, Discipline In The NHL Is Still A Huge Joke

COMMENTARY: Despite efforts over the last couple of years to help everyone better understand their process, procedures and rules, supplementary discipline in the National Hockey League is as big a joke as it ever was, and it will continue to be unless one key change is made.


Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown
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LOS ANGELES — On April 24, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown was suspended two games, without pay, for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville at 10:04 of the second period in a game at Minnesota on April 23, a 2-1 Wild victory.

No penalty was called on the play.

Brown will forfeit $34,324.32 in salary, with the money going to Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Whether you agree with the decision by National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan or not, what is crystal-clear is that despite the league’s noble efforts over the past couple of years, supplementary discipline in the NHL is as much of a joke as it ever was.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Tame The Wild Early In 3-0 Win Over Minnesota

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored goals on the Los Angeles Kings’ first two shots of the game, just 1:38 apart, leading their team to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

Williams opened the scoring just 1:29 into the first period, finishing off an outnumbered attack with a blistering snap shot from the right circle, beating Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom over his right shoulder.

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