The NHL likes to hand out suspension in the Stanley Cup playoffs but they won’t be doing that for Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner following what seemed to be a blatant elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks ‘ Dave Bolland. According to Tracy Myers of CSNChicago, the NHL has decided they won’t even have a hearing on the incident and will let the play stand as called – or not called.
— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) June 7, 2013
It’s possible that the NHL doesn’t want to interfere too much with the Blackhawks series against the Kings, but then again this is the NHL we’re taking about. They hand out suspensions in the postseason like they’re giving away candy on Halloween.
But it is questionable as to why Penner wasn’t even met with over the elbow while Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith was handed a one game ban for high sticking Kings forward Jeff Carter in Game 3. The Kings cried that Keith’s high stick slash was retaliatory but the same could be argued here.
Bolland was responsible for a hit to the head of Mike Richards back in Game 1 that still has Richards sidelined. If Keith’s high stick on Carter was retaliatory, how can it not be argued that any kind of cheap shot on Bolland isn’t?
But the NHL will govern itself the way it wants to and they may just recognize that the Blackhawks are a game away from closing out this series and ending the Kings defense of their Stanley Cup Trophy.