Welcome to the goon show

Updated: April 18, 2012, 9:52 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- That the NHL's safety and discipline machine is broken is patently clear.

Look at any headline or highlight from the opening week of the playoffs and what do you see?

Marian Hossa taken off the United Center ice on a stretcher after being filled in by serial predator Raffi Torres.

Shea Weber cracking Henrik Zetterberg's head off the end glass in Nashville.

Arron Asham crosschecking Brayden Schenn in the throat then punching the defenseless Flyers player ...

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