What a wonderful opening night of hockey on Thursday: Three games, no suspension-level events.
Well, that didn't last long: On Friday, during the New York Rangers' 3-2 OT loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Stockholm, diminutive Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello cross-checked Kyle Clifford of the Kings into the end boards, earning a 2-minute boarding penalty at 3:05 of the first period. If you think this sort of play is reckless enough to warrant a suspension, NBC's Mike Milbury has a few things he'd like to yell at you:
Clifford played 9:48 for the game and had a second-period fight, so no severe injury on the play.
As we said earlier in the week, the NHL needs curmudgeons like Milbury to keep the scales from tipping too far to the side of pacifism and timidity. It's good to have some dissent. It's also good to have dissent that has some semblance of comprehension; alas, we have no idea what the hell Mike Milbury's yelling about here.
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