By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
It was to be expected that disciplinary actions were going to take place following Game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. However, not many expected what would ultimately be an excrutiatingly baffling decision on the part of NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan.
Following a game that saw two teams fighting tooth and nail for their playoff lives and a game that easily displayed some pretty intense emotion, many waited in anticipation of the NHL’s assessment of some questionable actions committed by both the Rangers and the Senators.
The first such act occurred less than three minutes in to the game when Ottawa enforcer Matt Carkner pinned Rangers’ forward Brian Boyle to the boards, proceeded to drop one glove, and then sucker punched the Rangers’ player repeatedly in the side of the head. As Boyle went down, Carkner continued to pummel Boyle. Upo...