Last night, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown delivered a controversial hit on Dallas Stars winger Antoine Roussel. One day later on Tuesday, he left Minnesota Wild advocates fuming after this elbow on Jason Pominville:
There’s little question that the elbow will draw debate – which didn’t draw a penalty – but it’s interesting to note that the Kings already clinched a playoff spot.
Will the league be more willing to hand out a suspension (if it deems one reasonable, of course) to a player whose team isn’t playing games that are quite as important? We’ll see.
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.