That Mike Keenan was complaining about a non-call after last night's Calgary Flames victory over the Chicago Blackhawks wasn't unusual; it's the playoffs, which means the dude has more whine than Napa and Sonoma combined in postgame pressers.
That the NHL's disciplinary decisions this postseason have given Keenan all the supporting evidence he needs to demand a suspension ... well, that's the problem.
In last night's Game 3 win for the Flames, Chicago's Adam Burish skated over to former teammate Rene Bourque and cross-checked him to the head with less than a minute to go in the game. Burish broke his stick in the process; Bourque retaliated, and both players received roughing calls and game-misconduct penalties at 19:47 of the third.
"I'm disappointed that they weren't given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure," Keenan said. "A cross-check to the face where (Adam) Burish broke his stick over his face. He suffered an injury because of that cross-check to the face. We had a meeting, the managers and coaches about those types of tactics late in games. I have no idea how the referees could miss it. It was blatant and it was a cross-check to the face to the point where a man broke his stick over his face."
It's beautiful how poor Mike claims his player is a victim when the Flames have been allowed to get away with one cross-check after another after whistles when goalie Miikka Kiprusoff makes a save. Even when there isn't a Hawk near the goalie, it's Vandermeer, Aucoin, Pardy or Phaneuf cross-checking or giving a face wash to Havlat, Toews or Sharp.
That's without even mentioning Mike Cammalleri's shot to the face of Martin Havlat off the faceoff earlier in the series.
This is where we are in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to the NHL's continued inconsistent sense of justice. Coming up, a look at the violent acts that did and did not warrant additional punishment, and the NHL's hackneyed justification for both decisions.
Let's begin with the Burish hit on Bourque last night, late in the game and with a stick: