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45.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury.
45.2 Minor Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence, to a player guilty of elbowing an opponent.
45.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player who uses his elbow to foul an opponent. A major penalty must be imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent (see 45.5).
45.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by elbowing.
45.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct penalty shall also be imposed.
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46.2 Aggressor – The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.
A player must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.
A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.
A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes.
A player who is deemed to be both the instigator and aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct (instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor).
carkner's suspension fell under the umbrella of fighting. the wording for the "aggressor" rule pretty much outlines exactly what carkner did. he got 2, 5, and a game. hagelin dodged the automatic game misconduct that gets assessed for a head injury-causing elbow, but got a 5. in essence, carkner got 2 games, hagelin got 3.
honestly, i think it was the "hit to the head" thing. disciplining blindside hits, elbows, and any kind of non-fighting body contact targeted at the head is the league's #1 priority, doubly so when injuries are caused by them. certain physical or stick fouls - elbowing, kneeing, spearing, etc. have always been far more reviled than fighting.
now, saying what carkner did was fighting was a bit of a misnomer. unfortunately, due to the wording, this gets lumped into fighting. that + no injury + 2/5 + game = 1 game suspension. hagelin elbows + causes injury + only 5 minute penalty when he should've gotten 5 + game = three game suspension. essentially, hagelin got one extra game for injuring somebody. the prior discipline thing makes no sense to me though.
Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
What did he say in the post game?
As far as the Hagelin/Carkner, I think it has to do with the fact that Carkner is on a Canadian team. Sorry Canucks, I have always felt the league bends over backwards to appease Canadian teams through officiating and supplemental discipline.
Originally Posted by Thrifter
The funny thing is that many fans of Canadian teams feel that the NHL gives preferential treatment to American teams (to grow the game, larger network audiences, etc).
i think any kind of country bias is ridiculous. scheduling is scheduling; some teams will always get screwed. the flames only played the canucks when they were on the second half of a back-to-back, never vice versa. they're both canadian, but that's unfair. it happens. as far as discipline goes, i dont think you can make that call. is it canadians on american teams who get preferential treatment? or canadian teams whose non-canadian players get disciplined?
a good example is duncan keith suspension vs rene bourque suspension. american team / canadian team; both garbage blindside elbows, both 5 games - however, bourque had the previous offender for a 2-game suspension maybe a week earlier, and probably should've gotten more time. the longest suspension this year was sutton who got 8 games for his charge on skinner; canadian player on a canadian team. marchand got fucked for 5 games for boarding; although dirty, i've seen much worse offenses more deserving of 5 games for that. american team? canadian player? who knows? its sufficiently jumbled enough that you couldn't argue that a player or team nationality gets favoured when it comes to major discipline. in terms of calls during a game, well, the reffing has been quite atrocious across the board this year so i don't think you can peg nationality bias objectively anywhere in there. "i'm not racist, i hate everybody" kinda thing.Edited by jarude - 4/16/12 at 4:28am