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Hit On Nino Warrants Suspsension For Stars Defenseman

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The Islanders won a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, and it can be termed hard fought for many reasons; the Isles saw a three-goal lead get washed away to a tie in the second period; Rick DiPietro pulled his groin, forcing Al Montoya to start the third period; the Stars kept coming back on the score board; and last but not least, Nino Niederreiter left the game with a concussion after a devastating hit from Stars defenseman, Mark Fistric.

Max Pacioretty Suspended Three Games

The Shanhammer has officially dropped on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

We talked about it on Saturday night, and the general consensus was that Pacioretty would likely sit a few games, following a dangerous hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Quebec native Kris Letang.

Late in the third period, Letang came streaking up the ice with a Pens winger, cut across the high slot after the blueline, and wound up for a shot at the net. Pacioretty cut through in the opposite direction, looking for a hit. Unfortunately, Letang was hunched forward and looking elsewhere, and got a face-full of shoulder that would go on to break his nose...

A New Era In NHL Discipline: Shanahan and the Next NHL CBA

This season, the NHL has a new Discipline Czar in Brendan Shanahan. After a night featuring some early dirty hits, he reacted swiftly in handing out suspensions to Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley and Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc "PL3" Létourneau-Leblond. Not only that, but Shanahan brought in a new way of announcing the suspensions by delivering videos with detailed explanations. This level of transparency was something that that Colin Campbell never had. These changes are showing a huge amount of improvement in the league that Campbell never seemed to deliver.

That being said, there is a new CBA coming for the 2012-13 season and beyond. This CBA will no doubt focus on ...