Saturday, March 3, 2007

Janssen Suspended Three Games

Justice was served today by the NHL. After his late hit knocked out Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who left on a stretcher, Devils' antagonist Cam Janssen was given a three-game suspension by the league today.

It was an interesting decision because he wasn't penalized on the play in question. Most would agree that it should've been five and a game misconduct. But maybe reputation played a part here. Janssen had no prior history until last night and it's well documented that the Devils are the least penalized team in the league. If they're giving the tough guy three games for his first offense, that's a heavy indictment of last night's referees Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson. Considering that both wussed out of being interviewed after this incident, they should also face heavy fine and possible suspension. Making refs accountable for mistakes serves a purpose.

Either way, Janssen will now sit out the next three games. But look for him to be in the lineup when the Devils visit Toronto on March 20. It will be interesting. Darcy Tucker returned during tonight's Leafs' 3-1 loss to Buffalo after missing the past two months due to a bad foot. If he along with goon Wade Belak are in the lineup in 17 days, it promises to be worth the watch.

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