Not being a repeat offender helped Gustav Nyquist’s case when he got only six games for dangerous high stick to the face of Jared Spurgeon. One repeat offender doesn’t sound too happy with the system.
One day after the Red Wings forward was handed the first suspension of his NHL career, Zac Rinaldo -- currently injured while playing in the AHL for the Providence Bruins -- tweeted that he would have been jailed if he committed the same penalty as Nyquist.
Nyquist whacked Spurgeon in the face Sunday in response to a cross-check he’d just taken from the Minnesota defenseman. He was given a two-minute minor for high-sticking, followed by an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety that resulted in his suspension.
Rinaldo last played in the NHL on Feb. 28 of last season, a game in which he committed a hit on Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette and earned a five-game suspension. In his NHL career, Rinaldo has been suspended four times. He was also suspended in the AHL in his first game with Providence.
This is not the first time that a Bruins player has tweeted about the NHL’s inconsistency when it comes to disciplining players. Brad Marchand tweeted a video of an Alexei Emelin hit on him to the NHL in December, writing, “this hit cost me 7 games and half a million dollars. Way to be consistent.” He deleted the tweet shortly after.
The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.
Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:
K. Miller-C. Miller
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America.
*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts.
*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time.
*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis.
*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night.
*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak.
*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point.
*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.