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The NHL won’t fine or suspend Jamie McGinn for boarding hit on Aaron Rome

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The NHL will not impose supplemental discipline on San Jose Sharks forward Jamie McGinn for boarding Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. That means McGinn won’t be suspended or fined for that hit after his hearing with the league today.

McGinn received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for the hit during the game itself, so perhaps the NHL felt that was a sufficient punishment. Many people thought that the major penalty was too harsh a reaction to the hit in the first place, but I’ll leave that debate to the comments.

If nothing else, watching that penalty put the Sharks in a tough position was probably the worst punishment for McGinn. The Canucks scored two power-play goals during that five minute major, turning what has been a one-sided 4-1 game into a 4-3 nail-biter.

Don’t expect to see much of McGinn, anyway.

It wouldn’t be surprising if this is the last we’ll see of McGinn in this year’s playoffs. That boarding penalty is the second time the young forward put the Sharks in a terrible position in just five postseason appearances. You may remember that McGinn received a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging in Game 6 of San Jose’s first round series against the Los Angeles Kings. That penalty happened late in the third period and stretched on into overtime, but the Sharks managed to kill it and win that game.

The Sharks haven’t lost in either of the games that McGinn took such ill-advised bad penalties, but he only played in three of the team’s 10 games since that Game 6 mishap. It would be surprising to see much more of him in this postseason – he’s averaging less than six minutes of ice time in his rare playoff appearances anyway – although Joe points out that McGinn’s departure might open up the door for fellow knucklehead Ben Eager to return. (Perhaps the Sharks have a responsible, NHL-ready forward lurking somewhere among their healthy scratches, though.)

McGinn seems like he could have a solid future with the Sharks, but he’s not earning much trust in his second playoff run with the team.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: