This rumor was circulating through HSBC Arena in the wee hours of this morning and TSN reported today that the NHL has decided there will be no Game Six suspension for Boston's Zdeno Chara in the wake of the instigator penalty he received with two-tenths of a second left Friday night.
Each instigator call is reviewed and can be rescinded and Boston GM Peter Chiarelli reportedly filed the request to have it rescinded. NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell wiped out two last year, including one during the finals to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.
This one is no surprise as the league is clearly saying Chara had no prior incidents during the game and that the last-second scrum was initiated by Paul Gaustad's slash on Chara's ankle. Still, referees awarded the instigator and the league saw fit to rescind it.
It's an understandable decision based on those two facts. Still, do you think the NHL would be so quick to wipe out a suspension if it was handed down to, say, Patrick Kaleta or Cody McCormick? Hardly. But there are always reasons to see why Mario Lemieux's famous quote that it's a "garage league" still apply. We'll see what Lindy Ruff has to say when he meets the media today during the noon hour.
By the way, neither MSG nor CBC caught the slash or Chara's punches as the camera was following the puck for some reason. Boo. Good job, however, having that end camera replay to save the day.
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