Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 4/15/12
The wrath of Brendan Shanahan has been felt. New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has been suspended by the NHL for three games for elbowing Daniel Alfredsson in the head and that Senators defenceman Matt Carkner has been suspended one game for repeatedly punching Brian Boyle in the face his tremendous *********** of Brian Boyle. Of course, thanks to the whimsical nature of the NHL's disciplinary decisions, no one was entirely confident in what kinds of punishment, if any, would be handed out to either of the aforementioned players.But now that the decisions have been rendered, we can dissect what each of these mean to either club. When Paul MacLean's Pete DeBoer'esque starting lineup was announced as Matt Carkner, Jared Cowen, Zenon Konopka, Chris Neil and Zack Smith, the message was clear: if you take liberties with Erik Karlsson or another one of our elite players, you're going to have your face caved in. We can endlessly debate whether we're celebrating Carkner's actions or the...
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