This Stanley Cup Final series has been quite something. Not only were there two close games won, literally, in the final seconds (and crushing defeats they were, for those of us in New England) followed by an explosion of offense in game three, but there have been antics by Vancouver the likes of which are rarely seen during an entire season, never mind one playoff series.
In last week’s game one, it was Alex Burrows doing his best Mike Tyson imitation on Patrice Bergeron’s finger. The NHL brain trust decided that wasn’t a big enough deal to warrant discipline. No wonder the brats figured they could ratchet it up and get away with it.
And ratchet it up they did last night at the Garden, when Aaron Rome broadsided Nathan Horton’s head, leaving Horton with a severe concussion. Rome was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, and this morning the league suspended him for four games. Word is that an appeal might be coming:
In the eyes of the Canucks and Rome’s agent Jarrett Bousquet, it’s too strong of a punishment. On Tuesday, Bousquet told Sporting News that they are considering appealing the suspension.
“I’m looking at it, yes,” said Bousquet, of Titan Sports Management, Inc. “I’m just talking to Aaron and the (players association) right now. I’m not saying we’re even going to do it. It’s something, for sure, you have to review.”
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Bousquet said Rome was extremely remorseful for the hit and has reached out to Horton via text message and a phone call.
Well, cry me a river. Here’s a clue for you, Aaron: if you don’t want to hurt someone, don’t throw a shoulder to his head. And if you’re so sorry for what happened, tell your team and that snake of an agent to stop even thinking about an appeal. Shut up and take your punishment like a man.
If you ask me, Rome and others who have caused serious injury with dirty hits like this get off too easy. An illegal hit that results in long-term injury (as opposed to legal hits that go bad, an occupational hazard) should bring a suspension that lasts until the injured player can play again and not a day less. Screw this four game shit. I’m tired of seeing Bruins players get knocked senseless by Neanderthals.
If there is justice in this world, the Bruins will continue the scoring barrage they started in the second period last night and make it last for another three games. Send the thugs back to Vancouver with their worthless tails between their legs.