Suspensions and the Instigator Rule
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.
“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.
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