Dahlin Crosscheck Earns Matthews A Suspension
Yesterday, the Sabres took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Heritage Classic. But what a lot of people are talking about today is a cross-check from Toronto.
Buffalo fans were furious yesterday after watching Rasmus Dahlin take the cross-check from Austin Matthews as Dahlin tried to protect his goalie.
The NHL Player Safety Committee had a hearing with Matthews today and handed him a 2 game suspension following the hit.
The biggest problem that people see is inconsistency in penalties and suspensions. In Matthews' case, he takes a 2 game suspension. Yet in other cases that were similar (involving cross-checking) players get no suspension at all and (comparatively) small fines.
There is no explanation that comes with the suspension. All that it says is "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is suspended two games for cross-checking Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin."
While in this case there probably isn't any doubt of why he's being suspended, the question from fans is, "why isn't it consistent across the league?"
Players often find a way to move on quickly from these things, but fans hold on to it and don't forget. We remember years down the road when players are delivered a blow, and when they get them.
Dahlin says it only takes about 2 minutes to move on for him.
The Sabres did go on to win the game 5-2.
Their schedule will keep them in Canada for the next couple games with one in Edmonton on Thursday, Calgary on Friday, and then Vancouver to close out their trip on Sunday.
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