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I mentioned it yesterday, but didn't get a chance to discuss: Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars has been suspended for 5 games for his dirty, flying headshot on Dustin Penner during Sunday's Stars-Ducks game. Here's the suspension video from the NHL:
It was pretty textbook charging and a blatant leaping headshot, and there's no other way to look at it. Every angle shows the same disaster. There wasn't a single analyst, writer, or even objective fan that said otherwise.
But there were a lot of stupid fans that said otherwise. Any time someone is suspended, no matter how obvious it is to everyone else that a suspension was called for, there are always a bunch of vocal idiots who aren't familiar enough with the game who decide to speak up regardless.
Below, I present to you a sampling of these idiots, without comment. The blinding ignorance speaks for itself.
@Garbs40 suspension for bringing the heat? #clean— Kalp Vorkman (@workcat4) October 24, 2013
Can't help but feel @Garbs40 suspension is unnecessary. He did a good job of getting into the play after serving his penalty #stars #nhl— Jordan Walker (@JordanWalkerAKL) October 24, 2013
@TSNBobMcKenzie @StarsInsideEdge thats complete garbage... that was a clean hit penner should have had that head on a swivel— Andrew Johnson (@bauer3815) October 21, 2013
@DallasStars Utterly ridiculous. Charging is a 2-minute minor, not 5 game suspension. Came at him from the front, elbows down. No intent.— Drew Lillie (@adlgator86) October 23, 2013
Garbutt hit looked clean to me, doesn't leave his feet. I think Penner needs to start skating with his head up #nhl #shanahan #badcall— Nick Mancuso (@nickycooz) October 23, 2013
@StarsInsideEdge five games? What a crock of shit for a first time offender and a player that isn't dirty.— Chris Shelton (@xchrisxnobodyx) October 23, 2013
Seriously? Garbutt suspended for 5 GAMES over something that's charging at best? I smell bullshit, a lot of it.— Alex Ackerman (@uhhhalexvx) October 23, 2013
@MikeHeika So, apparently charging is no longer a 2-minute minor penalty. Now it's a 5-game suspension. Typical NHL nonsensical justice.— Drew Lillie (@adlgator86) October 23, 2013
Garbs sits for 5 for checking a guy that injured himself eating pancakes. 1-2 games maybe but when another guy is soft & can't the a hit!?— Jason Stewart (@stewartjas40) October 23, 2013
@wallydizzle but ppl claiming he jumped and hit his head. Garbs skates were on ice at initial point of contact. Head wasn't initial contact— StarsInsider.com (@Stars_Insider) October 21, 2013
Okay, that's enough of that.
The Ducks fail to convert on 7 consecutive 5-on-3 man advantages, still win the game 4-1.
To help commemorate the Ducks' 20th year this season, each gameday I'll be posting a clip of a classic moment from the team's history against that night's opponent. Here is today's...
From game 4 of the 2007 Stanley Cup final, here's the reason Daniel Alfredsson still gets booed any time he touches the puck in Anaheim: