Will Andy Sutton Be the Next Shanaban?
Andy Sutton caught Gabriel Landeskog's head with his shoulder before Shane O'Brien went skating over to challange Sutton to a bout. The fight wasn't much to write about, but the hit is an interesting one.
Sutton is a for-real 6'6". Landeskog looks like he's being liberally listed at 6'1". Landeskog was also beant over a bit while skating, meaning Sutton's either going to hit Landeskog's head, or he needs to avoid Landeskog completely.
More than any of the other suspensions, this could set the tone for the season. Incidental contact might be overlooked, or you must avoid possible head contact at all costs. And, if you're Zdeno Chara, learn to skate on your knees.
Update 410pm: Andy Sutton Suspended Pending Hearing
P.K. Subban and Brad Marchand had a mess of a fight that same night. It seemed nothing was going to get in the way of them going at it. After coincidental holding penalties the two went after each other out of the box only to pick up coincidental delay of game penalties. They were let loose again, and finally dropped the mitts and swung wildly at one another.
You'd think there was a lot of bad blood behind it, but apparently not:
“I know Marchie pretty well and it’s just a matter of us both being frustrated,” he said. “We were kind of laughing about it after and we gave each other a pat on the pads. I don’t think there’s any true animosity between us two . . . it’s a game. That’s what fans want, that’s what both teams want. It’s fun.”
Andy Sutton vs Shane O'Brien Oct 28, 2011
P.K. Subban vs Brad Marchand Oct 27, 2011
Mike Brown vs Kris Newbury Oct 27, 2011
Cody Bass vs Cody McCormick Oct 27, 2011
Cody Bass vs Patrick Kaleta Oct 27, 2011