Friday, October 12, 2007

Canucks 5 Oilers 3: Back on Track / Boulerice pays price

I missed the first 2 periods of this one because of working a 13 hour day, so all I saw was the Canucks shutting down the Coilers in the 3rd and Naslund's great flukey goal.
Good to see Rypien score a goal and add an assist, and Burrows accomplish the same output.
I now have full confidence that the Canucks are actually back on track.

What do you think of Boulerice's 25 game suspension? It matches the longest suspension in NHL history.
''In Chris Simon's situation and the situation with Jesse Boulerice, if they cause injury we're into a whole heap of problems,'' said Colin Campbell. ''Not only the player but the teams and our league and our sport.
We saw what transpired under the Bertuzzi (and) McSorley situations when there is injury, it never stops. So I would hope players would understand and see what could happen and what can come of these things and that they have to control themselves.''

What I found strange about Boulerice after he bashed in Kesler's face was that he gave the ol' fake drop of the gloves like Kesler was going to get up and fight. What the hell was he thinking? That he didn't catch Kesler with his stick? Or was he going to beat Kesler while he was down? Only Boulerice knows I guess.
But it's obvious that Campbell and the NHL has had just about enough of this kind of violence. This lengthy suspension definitely is sending a message to all of the players out there who lose their cool and deliberately head shot a guy.

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At October 13, 2007 at 4:30 a.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

nice to see the canucks win a game they should win, and give more of an effort than they did on wed against the flyers. It was ALMOST enough to erase the 8-2 game from my mind.......almost

25 games for boulerice............. i guess i'm just glad kes is okay !

At October 13, 2007 at 11:12 a.m. , Blogger James said...

I don't like it when the league says the punishment would have been worse if there was an injury. He should get the max punishment they were planning on dishing out, regardless if kesler is not seriously hurt or not. He was incredibly lucky he's not hurt, and luck shouldn't play a factor in the punishment. The bonehead decision should be the only factor.

Fire the guy! No one would miss him and it would send a strong message.


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