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Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 18:21 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Aaron Rome decks Nathan HortonThis 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.

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  1. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 02:24 EDT at 02:24

    So much overreaction it’s unbelievable. This is another instance where we react because a guy got hurt. It is definitely hard to see a guy get so severely hurt and luckily he is not paralyzed. If Horton gets up then it’s a 2 minute interference penalty and no one is talking about this right now. The recent Buster Posey incident is somewhat the same. This wasn’t legal because it was a late hate, unlike the Posey incident, but the concept is similar. I just don’t think the hit is quite as bad as so many people seem to be making it out to be. The NHL has seen far worse hits that haven’t warranted in any suspension so I’m confused yet again. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/significant-injury/

  2. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 11:11 EDT at 11:11

    My point is that dirty/illegal hit that causes serious injury DOES deserve a harsher punishment. Think of what we do in the case of motor vehicle accidents. If you are doing nothing wrong and get into an accident that injures someone, there is usually no punishment. But if you get driving recklessly, driving drunk, etc., you get punished. It’s a harsher punishment if you also injury someone, and worse yet if you kill someone. The Posey incident follows this logic because even though there was a serious injury, the runner didn’t do anything wrong.

    I share your confusion about the NHL’s disciplinary inconsistency.

  3. TM
    Monday, January 9, 2012, 02:39 EDT at 02:39

    Now all the Boston fans are crying that Marchand’s hit was fine and he shouldn’t of been thrown out or shouldn’t get a suspension, irony ftw. douchebag

  4. Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 18:39 EDT at 18:39

    1. “All the Boston fans”? I live and work with Bruins fans and listen to two Boston sports radio stations, and some fans are saying it was a clean hit. Most others are saying that the suspension was too long, only because the safety enforcement in the league isn’t consistent. The next time you comment here, please find out what you’re talking about beforehand.

    2. Also, learn how to write coherently.

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