Hard to argue this....and as I said in the thread not a good advert for the NHL....
After watching too much go too far during the last five days, I think it should be obvious to anyone who has any sense of proportion that the Stanley Cup playoffs are out of control. There have been head-rammings, sucker punches, maulings and ambushes, all of which is apart from the more commonplace vendettas, elbows, crosschecks, spearing, charging, knee-to-knee shots and line brawls that we’ve come to expect each spring.
This isn’t just hard hockey. It is, as one of the sport’s prominent personages called it during the first phone call I got on Monday morning, “a disgrace.”
I began watching the NHL 50 years ago and I can’t recall ever seeing anything like this, not even in the game’s darkest days of the mid-1970s. In more games than not, the play has degenerated into open warfare.
To some extent, it was predictable. When the NHL allowed Shea Weber to escape relatively unpunished after smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass on the playoffs’ opening night last Wednesday, the only conclusion that I could take away from the league’s inaction was that the standards of permissible player behavior this spring have been relaxed. And that is how the players have proceeded.
Tons more here of a very long and detailed article: