Just to cut the crap for a second, the Ducks won last night in Minnesota. They completed a 3 game series sweep of the Wild and it wasn’t pretty, but it happened. Bless. Just another game the Ducks “didn’t deserve, but won anyway”… those happen a lot. So maybe they actually deserve them, they found a way every single time. Here’s the “Final Score” graphic distraction, then I’ll get to the white elephant in the barn:
Perry Suspended 4 Games
Shocker. I don’t want to do a “wild” tangent on this, it’s not worth it, but I’m going on A tangent for a minute. The Ducks are 19-3-3, a Perry suspension that could put them 19-7-3 at the worst isn’t going to phase me. (Actually, it might a little. Missing Perry shouldn’t result in that kind of result he’s one player, but I’m just saying.) I’m not pissed off at the Perry suspension. Along the lines of hits to the head, intentions, un-intentions, consistency and inconsistency, you knew it was coming a mile away. I’m pissed at the inconsistency with suspensions overall. What you never know is length of time because it’s so inconsistent you’d need a heavy dose of fiber to find your inner peace. Perry, outside of Anaheim, is a pretty well-hated player. He’s a pest on the ice. That’s what he’s good at, he can be a pest and he can find the net. That’s Perry. What he isn’t, is a dirty player. He chirps. He’s annoying. He doesn’t head hunt, that’s not part of his style. At the end of the day though, his last name is Perry. Here’s the clip of his 4 game worthy hit.
Here’s what grinds my gears.
This is a Jarret Stoll check on Cam Fowler that occurred on 2/2/2013. Stoll didn’t get penalized because the refs were focused on Bryan Allen being a human punching bag in the other corner. Fowler, for what it’s worth received a concussion. He didn’t return to the Ducks line up for two weeks. No suspension.
Another instance, with no help of YouTube, was exactly one month later in Phoenix. Raffi Torres laid a hit on Kyle Palmieri. This is a writers worst nightmare, no visual aid, likely because Phoenix fans wont put Torres on blast, and Anaheim fans are off their youtube game. Also outside of Phoenix and Anaheim, nobody actually cared about the game. So, we’re going to go off of trust here, Raffi Torres hit Kyle Palmieri, and the result was no suspension for Torres (notorious repeat offender) and Kyle Palmieri is still currently on IR for Anaheim. If you’re going to argue with me no video exists because it wasn’t that bad, save it. It’s the closest thing to what happened in Minnesota between Perry & Zucker. Guy coming in on the play, and the kid is caught with their head down.… I’m not bringing this up to say Torres deserved a suspension, I’m bringing it up because it’s so similar to Perry’s hit, and he’s gone for 4 games while Zucker is already lightly practicing with the team a day later…moving on..
last, and final instance I will bring up. It doesn’t even involve Anaheim.
The Shea Weber attack on Henrik Zetterberg, last year in the playoffs. What did Shea walk away with? Let me remind you: he got fined. The kind of fine that average citizens would lose their minds over but the average NHL player and Shea Weber laugh off after a night at the bar. This intentional Hulk smash moment, is a fine. Perry’s hit, is 4 games. This wasn’t brought up due to similarities, it’s brought up because the league often talks about “intent” when they “consider” suspensions.
Anyways, that’s my rant. There isn’t anything to do now but let it play out. The suspension is in effect and Perry won’t return to action until next Friday at home vs. Detroit. He’ll be missing tomorrow in Dallas, Saturday in St. Louis, Monday at home against the Sharks and Wednesday at home against the Blackhawks.
Thank you NHL, if I may, I suggest you take a fiber supplement to help with your inconsistency.