Maybe there should be a question mark behind that Kraken headline, and maybe throw in an exclamation point for good measure: No On-Ice Retribution For Flames Mangiapane?!
The Calgary winger just cross checked your leading scorer’s face into the ice via his neck, and not one Kraken moved an inflammatory muscle. Not a soul got into the opponent’s face.
Watching it unfold at the time, that was as shocking as the play itself.
Yes, it’s the kindler, gentler NHL apparently, but when someone pulls off one of these moves, you go after him. It obviously would have been completely justified and some intensity warranted, whether it was Game-6 of a playoff series or just plain ole game-12 of the regular season.
Often times NHL players take exception to plays when they probably shouldn’t, often on clean, big hits made against a teammate. Then again, it’s hockey extinct. They see a buddy get laid out, they go after the perpetrator. As annoying as this can be on occasion, one can understand the emotion.
I don’t understand it when a response is completely warranted and nothing happens.
The three Kraken players closest to the play were lined up directly behind Mangiapane and they may have had a hard time seeing the infraction. The Flames player blocked the view with his body.
Next, Eeli Tolvanen, Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin likely aren’t the first candidates to seek immediate retribution. Then again, in a situation like this … McCann was in obvious distress and both Seattle defensemen are veterans of NHL battles.
One could argue that the Kraken didn’t want to take themselves out of a power play situation. It was rather clear a penalty was being called, the severity of which would have been unknown. Guys try their best not to take equalizing penalties whenever their team is about to go on a power play, regardless of how ticked off they may be.
Maybe one or two of the Kraken on the bench who watched this, guys more likely to take care of some form of enforcement, were thinking “I’m going to get this guy”. When he got tossed from the game, that concept became a moot point.
Is it archaic to think that way? Nope. Even nowadays, violent acts must be answered, not only to send a message but also to potentially discourage a player from doing something that stupid again. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but to leave it unchecked gives opponents free reign to take liberties.
Being “tough to play against” also includes defending your own barn and protecting or sticking up for your teammates. When word gets out that that’s not the case, teams can get pushed around.
We’ll try to find out when the team gets back from its road trip.
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