There was a scary moment in yesterday's game when it looked like the Dallas Stars could have been down yet another defenseman. Winnipeg Jets forward, Anthony Peluso, hit Alex Goligoski hard into the boards. Peluso earned himself a five minute major on the play which the Stars were able to capitalise upon.
Yes folks, powerplay goals!
But I digress. Lindy Ruff was pretty blunt when it came to his feelings about the hit:
"I thought the Peluso hit was a joke, for a guy that plays that amount of time and runs a guy like Goligoski from behind. What's he play, three or four minutes a game? Go run one of our bigger guys,"
News early on Sunday said that Peluso has got a telephone hearing with the Department of Player Safety. Will he get hit with a Shanaban? We'll find out at some point today.
Other news in today's Daily Links, the Wheel of Justice spins and Thornton lands the jackpot with a 15 game suspension (David Clarkson only received two), maybe hockey players are nicer than people think despite all the news recently and more.
Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh got his teeth into the powerplay issue on Friday. Were the Stars listening? They were certainly scoring powerplay goals yesterday. [Razor with an Edge]
Ray Whitney has been playing in the league for a long time and he is currently going through his worst slump. It would certainly help the Stars win more games if he could get back to his scoring ways. When this article was written Jamie Benn gets a big mention when it comes to slumping scorers. Last night helped that situation. [Dallas Morning News]
Shawn Thornton was handed a 15 game suspension for his actions/attack on Brooks Orpik. From Puck Daddy: "This cannot be described as a hockey play that went bad." I wonder, and this is just my own opinion, if this is a case of when hockey went bad. [Puck Daddy]
Are hockey players big, cuddly sweethearts really? I have a feeling this Buzzfeed article was inspired by the Charlie Coyle wave earlier this week. It just goes to show that hockey players tend to be pretty classy despite the other examples on the Daily Links that might suggest otherwise. [Buzzfeed]
And very briefly, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Jason LaBarbera from the Oilers, the Bruins returned to Vancouver, the first time since they won the Stanley Cup there. It went as you would expect it to. Brad Marchand was Brad Marchand with his Stanley Cup ring and Jarome Iginla fought Ryan Kesler. You could say it left Iginla 'bent out of shape'.