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Brent Seabrook: Did The Punishment Fit The Crime?

By Keith Schultz

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook, as everyone knows, won’t be available until Game #6 of the series after getting handed a three game suspension.  The question now is did Seabrook deserve the 3 game suspension.

Mar 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

There are a couple of things that should be mentioned! First off the Department of Player Safety continues to be very inconsistent with their rulings.  Yes, I think that the hit deserves some sort of punishment, just like I thought the Brooks Oprik hit deserved punishment. I know people will say that Oprik point of impact was shoulder to shoulder but Oprik left his feet when he knocked Jonathan Toews out of the regular season.  Oprik didn’t even get a phone call from the NHL while Seabrook hit Backes after he missed the puck, and was not skating standing up on his skates and Seabrook didn’t leave his feet.  I know the point of impact was shoulder to head and deserves punishment but the hits though different are more similar than the experts are saying in my opinion.

Secondly the Reaves hit in Game #1 was high on Jonathan Toews and all he picked up was a two-minute minor with no further action.  The real fear is going to be Reaves and Jackman running around at Blackhawks in Chicago during Games #3 and #4.

One last thing is the video and audio! There is no way to tell who said what so judging the Blackhawks is crazy.  Unless the NHL had Duncan Keith or another Blackhawks mic’d up just drop it! One thing that is for sure that the Hawks need to play their game and stop trying to keep up with the Blues on the physical side.

One last thing here is a poll! Did the punishment fit the crime?

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