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 results of last night's game, but during that five minute major handed to Carkner, you could see the residual intensity and effort levels increase. While every guy on that bench desperately wanted to kill every second of that major for the well-liked veteran and what he did, perhaps no one raised their game more than Boyle's victim, Erik Karlsson.
Coincidence?

Maybe.

Was Carkner's major penalty the turning point of the game?

Definitely not.

Nevertheless, it certainly gave the Senators some of that swagger and confidence that they had seemingly lost in game one and from that standpoint, his one game suspension is/was well worth it.

Despite the uncertainty of Daniel Alfredsson's return to the series, some are saying that he will be a game-time decision tomorrow night, we cannot overlook the significant effects of Hagelin's absence from the Rangers' lineup.

As Scott (@Wham_City) pointed out on Twitter by alluding to a Copper and Blue post, the Rangers are a far more potent team with Hagelin in the lineup. Albeit, the following numbers were taken on February 1st and obviously a number of regular season games have been played since, but here they are nonetheless:

Rangers' Fenwick before Carl Hagelin 0.447 Rangers' Fenwick since Carl Hagelin 0.519
Rangers' Shots % before Carl Hagelin 0.433 Rangers' Shots % since Carl Hagelin 0.520
Here's Shanahan's video explanation of Hagelin's suspension:


When reached for comment, Hagelin was at a loss for words.



And finally, here is Shanahan's video explanation of Carkner's suspension:


Black Aces

After Mark Stone revealed on Twitter that he would arrive in Ottawa today, with the conclusion of the Binghamton Senators’ regular season, he’ll now be joined by Robin Lehner, Mark Borowiecki, Eric Gryba, Patrick Wiercioch, Andre Petersson and Mika Zibanejad.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker