I voted no. Sometimes a penalty is just a penalty. Plus, it looked like Smith was going one way and went the other.
I said 2 games. Simply because he ran him over in the so-called safe zone behind the net and intent to hit him was there. No suspension would mean open season on goalies and the league doesn’t want that.
I see your point about open season. However, Mike Smith missed the puck and then squared up with Elder.
Smith turned to fire the puck past Edler. The fact that he fumbled it some doesn’t make him fair game. A player has to play the puck on a goalie handling it (right or wrong). Edler was not playing the puck, if you watch, he brings his arms up to throw a hit. He had no intention on playing the puck and then ran over Smith. He got a 5 min major for Charging…that says something there.
Goalies are protected and not allowed to be hit, whether we agree with that part or not. Lupul got 2 games for a headshot that looked like there was intent…I have no problem with the suspension btw. That said, to me, then Edler deserves 2 games for hitting a player intentionally that was vulnerable. Just my opinion.
He slides more to the left after he tried to fire the puck.
Sorry man, I just don’t see any attempt by Smith to get in Edler’s way. He was playing the puck is all I see…really just depends on what Shany sees.lol
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