Tim Gleason falls to the ice after colliding with Alex Ovechkin
Tim Gleason falls to the ice after colliding with Alex Ovechkin. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

After last week’s Laraque suspension, the NHL has been generous with the supplemental discipline (which does not include Keith Ballard).

Both Matt Cooke and Alex Ovechkin have been suspended.  Each received two games.

Scott Burnside comments on Ovechkin’s statement that he doesn’t plan on changing his style of play:

Next time, it will be four or five games. Then more. Campbell has established the pattern, and Ovechkin is now a convicted felon, at least in Campbell’s books, and repeat offenders always pay a steeper price. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

That’s how it worked for Georges. However, this wasn’t the first time Cooke was suspended.

Rangers head coach John Tortorella thinks Cooke would not have elbowed Artem Anisimov if the instigator rule was removed.

“The big thing this year is head shots and what the league is going to do about it, but to me it?s pretty simple,” Tortorella said. “There’s no fear at all [of] retribution.

“That’s why there’s more violence. Guys hide behind the rule book.”

Don Cherry‘s thoughts were similar in an interview with the National Post.

Videos added

Wade Belak vs Derek Boogaard Dec 2, 2009
Chris Stewart vs Bryan Allen Dec 2, 2009
Matt Carkner vs Frazer McLaren Dec 1, 2009
Raitis Ivanans vs George Parros Dec 1, 2009
Cody McLeod vs Zenon Konopka Nov 30, 2009
Steve Montador vs Jamal Mayers Nov 30, 2009
Brian McGrattan vs Wade Belak Nov 30, 2009

Some reads

Laperriere: Flyers’ warrior solid on ice
Steve Downie changing his game for the better
Leafs’ Colton Orr breaks goose egg
Big PAWS can score, fight and defend
In another time, Neely may have been a Flyer
George Parros blog: giving thanks and disarming ‘armpit’ jokes