The Canadiens certainly learned their lesson from Game 1 against the Jets: Don’t try to score a blank-net goal, as that clearly justifies trying to take someone’s head off their body.
This Is Actually One Way Former NHL Defender Mike Commodore Tried Victim-blame Jake Evans for Mark Schaeffel monstrous hit on Thursday night. Because the NHL doesn’t care to oversee its postseason by borderline criminal behavior on the ice as long as it doesn’t result in someone’s death—and probably not even then—Schiffele only received a four-game suspension. The league could not even say “the rest of the series”. just four games – and that too came as a little surprise How hard did the league come down?
sheffele then came out friday and complained that the suspension was “excessive,” contradicting his claim that “I can accept accountability.” He also called out those who have harassed his family members over the hit in the past few days, calling it “bullying”.
People’s behavior towards athletes and their families Recently, as fans have started attending games again, is gross, and certainly needs to be addressed. Even Canadian fans going on the line after a brutal hit is nothing new. 10 years ago, Montreal’s police had to request people to stop calling emergency lines to arrest Zdeno Chara. So, it’s not as if it’s not worth believing that Schaeffel’s family has been the target of abuse.
That said, it comes across as cynical, a man who put someone on a stretcher with a generationally dirty hit trying to turn the conversation around to make himself a victim.
So, on Friday night, leading again in the final minutes in Winnipeg, the Habs smartly did not score into the empty net, riding Carey Price through the closing stages of his 30-save shutout to a 2-0 series lead.
Montreal now stands two wins away from doing what the NHL was too craven to do and sending Scheifele on summer vacation — along with the rest of the Jets.