Three games for Captain Doan
Shane Doan was wreaking all sorts of havoc last night, first by taking Cam Fowler out of the game not too long after the Ducks' rookie defenseman opened the scoring with his first goal in the NHL.
Second, for this:
For his part, Fowler was injured and did not return. Sexton, meanwhile, was able to.
The NHL handed down a three-game suspension to Doan for his hit on Sexton today, prompting many followers to take notice of a change in the NHL's train of thought behind these sorts of blindside incidents: suspend the action, not the result, nor the "type" of player. There is still lots to be desired in the way of consistency, however. Will we see more acts like this being punishable, regardless of the player's stature in the NHL? Is this the first of a wave of many, or will there be a few more bumps and mis-steps along the way?
What do you think? Is three games what we should come to expect as the standardized reaction the NHL has to a problem that has (ironically) only seemed to increase since they promised to give it more attention? Should there even be a standardized reaction, or will it remain (painfully) open to interpretation?