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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Burnside: More senseless on-ice acts

By Scott Burnside

Another night, another series of potentially devastating plays by players who apparently aren't able to lace up their skates without disengaging their brains.

One can only assume NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell will again be talking to the Calgary Flames after Curtis Glencross drove Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner head-first into the boards while forechecking during Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Wild.

The Flames are already without Tom Kostopoulos, who was suspended six games for his cheap shot that broke Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart's jaw. The only difference between the two reckless plays is Stoner wasn't seriously injured -- not that it should have any bearing on potential supplemental discipline.

We're guessing six games would be appropriate, although clearly no lesson was learned from the Kostopoulos penalty, so maybe it should be more. Glencross was given a major for boarding early in the second period with the Flames already trailing 2-0 in a game they desperately needed to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Can you say selfish?

Here's hoping Campbell & Co. will take a good look at Toronto forward Colton Orr's chop on New York Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger's hand/wrist late in the Rangers' 7-0 rout of the Maple Leafs.

Like Glencross, Orr is fortunate Eminger wasn't seriously injured, but a mindless play from a marginal player like Orr, who was assessed a major for slashing and a 10-minute misconduct, should also face some time in the press box given the potential for serious injury. Not that the Leafs would miss his services.

Watch Glencross' hit here (courtesy: NHL.com):