When asked if there was anything he’d like to say regarding the fine, he responded:
When asked if there was anything he felt he COULD say regarding the fan, he said the same:
I think we should all take a moment and appreciate the fact that Tortorella can ham it up in a big market like New York. The rambunctious head coach just seems perfect for the Big Apple – at least when it comes to our collective entertainment.
In more hockey-centric and less drama-centric news, Strang reports that Henrik Lundqvist will be back in the Rangers lineup tonight. Lundqvist raised a few eyebrows (and heart rates) when he needed to sit out a while with a “stiff” arm but being able to play tonight is a good chance for him to get his rhythm back a bit for the playoffs.
(It’s also huge news if you have King Henrik in a fantasy league.)
Bolduc and Kobasew each fined $2,500 for separate incidents
Brendan Shanahan had a busy afternoon of meting out punishment for a pair of plays from last night’s action. Colorado’s Chuck Kobasew and Phoenix’s Alexandre Bolduc each received the maximum allowable $2,500 fine for separate incidents in their games last night.
Kobasew was fined for charging Vancouver’s Aaron Rome during the first period of the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win. Kobasew also received a minor penalty for charging. Meanwhile, Bolduc was fined for slew-footing San Jose’s Ryane Clowe during the second period of the Sharks’ 5-4 shootout win. Bolduc was given a minor penalty for hooking on the play.
Both players are fortunate to escape with just fines and Bolduc’s slew-foot is the more interesting of the fines as slew-footing has been treated seemingly with kid gloves all season long. Regarded as one of the more dangerous moves players can do to one another, it’s been rare to see a slew-foot result in a suspension this season.
Mark Stuart earns $2,500 fine for late hit on Marcus Johansson
It wouldn’t be a day in the NHL without some kind of debate over a questionable hit.
Last night during the first period of the Jets’ 3-2 win over the Capitals, Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart laid a high, questionable hit on Washington’s Marcus Johansson putting Johansson down on the ice. Stuart wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NHL stepped in and fined him $2,500 for it. Johansson did return to the game later on.
Should it have gotten a bit more attention though? Take a look at the video of the hit and judge for yourself.
I’m no Brendan Shanahan, but that sort of hit seems like the kind of hit that deserves a bit more scrutiny than a fine delivers.