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Shanahan addresses Stanley Cup playoff violence


Shanahan addresses Stanley Cup playoff violence

The NHL's head disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan, chose to defend his suspension decisions in Monday's USA Today.

Specifically, Shanahan fully disagrees with the theory many have put forward as the reasoning for such a violent 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs thus far. In Game 1 of the postseason between the Predators and Red Wings, Nashville's Shea Weber grabbed Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and rammed it into the glass as time expired. Weber was not suspended and fined 2,500.

Shanahan doesn't believe that his decision not to suspend Weber has been a catalyst for the postseason issues, saying "Did you ever sit in a dressing room in the playoffs, and say, I was going to play this one straight tonight, but Shea Weber didnt get suspended so Im going to go to a completely different planet and go off the rails?

He even cites the Andrew Shaw hit on Mike Smith in his explanation:

I dont think Andrew Shaw decided to run a goalie because of Shea Weber. I dont think he woke up that day and said, I think that decision means I can run goalies.

Do you agree with Shanahan's comments? Is each just an isolated incident or did the light punishment for Weber contribute to the problems?

Tim Anderson calls out Brad Keller's 'excuses,' reminds him 'I'm on yo ass'

Tim Anderson calls out Brad Keller's 'excuses,' reminds him 'I'm on yo ass'

Tim Anderson has seen what Brad Keller has to say. And he’s not having it.

Keller recently made an appearance on The Charity Stripe podcast and was asked all about his intentional plunking of Anderson following the White Sox star shortstop’s bat flip heard ‘round the baseball world last year.

Keller, as was made clear when he threw at Anderson as apparent punishment for breaking the unwritten rule of “no celebrating allowed,” was not a fan.

“How he acted after (hitting the home run), to me and my whole team, was just over the top,” Keller said. “It's like, 'Bro, you hit a homer. Congrats.' This wasn't a Game 7 homer. This wasn't a playoff homer. This wasn't even a homer to win the game. Ultimately, we won the game, 3-2, in the long run, but that gets kind of lost in the whole transaction of everything.

“It just seemed like, at the time, it was an April home run. 'Why are you throwing your bat to the dugout or whatever?' We had beefs in the past, as far as our teams, and that was just like fuel on the fire, basically, is what it seemed like.

“I was upset because I was grinding that day and I was already pissed off at myself, and then you pull some s**t like that? It was like, 'All right, this is bulls**t.' ... I come in, and I'm pissed, I'm hot. And I had other guys on the team like, 'Screw this guy,' basically. Like I said, we (the Royals) had beefs (with Anderson) in the past.”

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Well, Anderson — on a quest to break what he called baseball’s “have fun barrier” — isn’t about to apologize. In fact, he let Keller know that he isn’t going anywhere.

Major League Baseball and the players’ union seem to have a big divide to bridge on economic and health-and-safety issues if there’s going to be a 2020 season. But if baseball returns this year, Anderson will likely have another chance to swing against Keller.

To be fair, he had a few more after getting plunked April 17. Keller faced the White Sox three more times after that game, which was already his second start of the season against the South Siders. Anderson played in just one of those games and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Should the league’s proposed altered schedule for a shortened 2020 season become a reality, the White Sox and Royals would square off 13 times during the regular season, plenty of opportunity for the reigning big league batting champ to test out a few new flips.

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NHL Standings: How the 24 teams rank in the return to play tournament

NHL Standings: How the 24 teams rank in the return to play tournament

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the regular season is over and when play resumes there will be a 24-team tournament to determine a champion.

Each conference is sending 12 teams to the tournament, but how did they decide which 12 teams? Not every team has played the same amount of games so using straight points isn’t fair.

The NHL instead used a points percentage formula for games completed when the season paused.

So that has some tweaks to the NHL standings.

Here are the Western Conference Standings, with points percentage.

1. St. Louis Blues - .662
2. Colorado Avalanche - .657
3. Vegas Golden Knights - .606
4. Dallas Stars - .594
5. Edmonton Oilers - .585
6. Nashville Predators - .565
7. Vancouver Canucks - .565
8. Calgary Flames - .564
9. Winnipeg Jets - .563
10. Minnesota Wild - .558
11. Arizona Coyotes - .529
12. Chicago Blackhawks - .514

And here are the Eastern Conference standings, with points percentage.

1. Boston Bruins - .714
2. Tampa Bay Lightning - .657
3. Washington Capitals - .652
4. Philadelphia Flyers - .645
5. Pittsburgh Penguins - .623
6. Carolina Hurricanes - .596
7. New York Islanders - .588
8. Toronto Maple Leafs - .579
9. Columbus Blue Jackets - .579
10. Florida Panthers - .565
11. New York Rangers - .564
12. Montreal Canadiens - .500

The top four teams from each conference will play in a round robin tournament to determine seeding. The lower eight teams in each conference will play a best-of-5 qualifying series.

Here are those match ups.

Western Conference – Best-of-5 Qualifying Round

#5 Edmonton Oilers vs. #12 Chicago Blackhawks
#6 Nashville Predators vs. #11 Arizona Coyotes
#7 Vancouver Canucks vs. #10 Minnesota Wild
#8 Calgary Flames vs. #9 Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference – Best-of-5 Qualifying Round

#5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #12 Montreal Canadiens
#6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. #11 New York Rangers
#7 New York Islanders vs. #10 Florida Panthers
#8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. #9 Columbus Blue Jackets

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