By now, if you're a fan of hockey in the slightest, you've noticed a glaring initiative by officials to protect the game's players. Concussion awareness and player safety have been hot-button issues for years ever since devastating injuries to Marc Savard and Sidney Crosby.
But as hard as the league has been coming down on players for hitting players in defenseless positions, or targeting the head, it would seem as though the officials have even more at stake. Or at least that's how they're calling games.
The quick-triggered referees are having as big an impact on the outcome of games as ever in an attempt to erase these hits from our game. Match penalties are being given out with alarming frequency, and in some cases are even being rescinded later that evening.
Andrew Desjardins' hit on Jamal Mayers in last night's Blackhawks-Sharks game is a fine example of this. Following a scrap that ensued with Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, Desjardins was given a match penalty for thi...