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Has justice been served?

I have very mixed feelings about the Lucic hit on Miller.  If a goalie comes that far out of the net to play the puck he is acting as a defense man and shouldn't he be as fair game as a defense man is in the same situation?  On the other hand, a goalie is encumbered in his skating and mobility by his equipment and he is not trained to take the kind of physical contact that is the daily bread of a defense man's trade.  I accept that it is an "unwritten rule" not to hit a goalie but should Lucic not have competed for the puck?  Having said that, Lucic's sneering and smug comments following the game really put me off.  He is a thug and revels in his thuggishness.  He had more than adequate time to avoid hitting Miller and chose instead to complete the hit.  Is the NHL not asking players to make responsible decisions about when and how to hit an opponent in far tighter situations?  I believe that this puts the lie to Shanahan's contention that he refrained from supplementary discipline on Lucic because he believed that there was no intent involved.  "I had the hearing (with Lucic) because ... I did have some questions for Milan ... "They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers."  That is patently and blatantly a mistake.  Shanahan chose not to discipline a player when he has suspended others for far less egregious infractions,  Throughout the new "Shanaban" era many have wondered "How will the NHL react when a star player is facing discipline?"  Now we know.  An excuse will be found.  I, for one, am extremely disappointed.  Not in Lucic because he was only doing what he does but, sadly, Brendan Shanahan has raised the spectre of hypocracy which will taint all of his decisions from here on in.


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