A second suspension?
If the Anaheim Ducks
took their medicine like big boys Sunday, they did manage to get one dig in at the NHL in the wake of the decision to suspend Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger
for Monday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Ducks GM Brian Burke said he thought there should have been two hearings Sunday, not just the one involving Pronger. Burke, who used to be the NHL's master of discipline before taking the Anaheim front-office job, said he thought a second-period hit by Ottawa forward Chris Neil
(pictured) on Andy McDonald
along the boards deserved a similar review by the league.
In both cases, no penalties were called by on-ice officials.
"Chris Neil's hit on Andy McDonald was reprehensible," Burke said. "You guys go back and break down the tape. He took six strides in from the blue line; he's going full speed, full extension, elbow right to the head. Our player skates away, [Neil] gets a free pass. Their player gets hurt, Chris Pronger gets a game.
"The most dangerous play in the game last night was not Chris Pronger's hit on Dean McAmmond
. It was Neil's hit on Andy McDonald. That's the troubling part for us," Burke said.
On the play in question, Neil raced down the boards and extended his arms to hit McDonald. Although Neil didn't leave his feet to make the hit (generally a red flag for referees), he did extend his arms at McDonald's head. Later in the same shift, Neil crushed Sean O'Donnell
with a shoulder check behind the Ducks' net.
How did Campbell react when Burke raised the issue?
"He said the player wasn't injured, so mind my own business. Obviously, I didn't share that view," Burke said.
-- Scott Burnside
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