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Zetterberg thinks NHL set bar with Weber ruling


Of all the decisions Brendan Shanahan has been forced to make in the playoffs, perhaps none has been more controversial than his decision to fine, not suspend, Shea Weber for smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s face into the boards.

Although on second thought, the Andrew Shaw suspension has been pretty controversial.

And the Matt Carkner suspension was pretty controversial.

And the Carl Hagelin suspension was pretty controversial.

Whatever. That’s not the point. The point is, the Weber ruling (a $2,500 fine) drew a lot of criticism for its perceived leniency.

There’s also a theory that it paved the way for all the other offenses we’ve seen since the ruling, i.e. If Weber can smash a guy’s face into the boards and get away with it, then I’m going to (fill in the blank with your choice of violence).

Today, Zetterberg was asked if there was some validity to the theory.

“That could be true,” he said, as per WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

“I think the league had a pretty good opportunity to set the bar, and I guess they did.”

Personally I’m not completely sold on the theory. For example, I don’t think Carkner attacked Brian Boyle because he thought he’d get a slap on the wrist like Weber did – he did it to stick up for a teammate, plain and simple.

And I doubt James Neal was running around taking shots at Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier because he thought he’d get away with it – he did it because the Penguins were losing and he was, quite frankly, freaking out.

That said, if the general attitude among the players is that the NHL is soft on crime, then the Weber ruling probably didn’t help.

Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.




Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets

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Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.

Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.

The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.

“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.

Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.

“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”