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Thursday, May 28, 2009

"The View" Joins HNLI This Saturday

Don't miss this Saturday's episode of Hockey Night on Long Island at 3:30 PM EST as hosts Alex and Steve are joined by the always opinionated Gary Harding of The View From Section 317 blog. Harding, who also hosts the New York Hockey Report and once served as president of the NYI Booster Club, will help the HNLI tackle the latest in Islanders Country including the latest Lighthouse progress, the Islanders' NHL Draft strategy, the first overall draft pick, and much more. The trio will also preview the Stanley Cup Finals and make some predictions. Feel free to share your two cents on anything and everything hockey by calling in, sending an IM, and joining the banter in the Hockey Night on Long Island chatroom. This Saturday's episode of HNLI is sure to be a blast...make sure to be a part of it!

Monday, May 11, 2009

NHL Drops the Ball on "Sucker Punch"

In another example of Colin Campbell's brilliant disciplinary judgment, Hurricanes forward Scott Walker will get off scott free for an absolutely heinous punch to the face of Boston's Aaron Ward. The act, which occurred during the third period of last night's game 5, has been deemed "not a sucker punch" by the league despite the fact that there could not be a better way to describe the cheap shot than "sucker punch".

Take a look for yourself:

On several different grounds, Walker should be suspended. First, the NHL's Rule 56, also known as the instigator rule, reads as follows

A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at any time in overtime, shall be assessed an instigator minor penalty, a major for fighting, a ten minute misconduct and an automatic one-game suspension.

The action in question, which occurred with under 3 minutes remaining in the third period, clearly should fall under the jurisdiction of this rule. There is no denying that Walker starts the altercation between himself and Ward. According to the rulebook, Walker should receive at least a one game suspension.

Second, Walker is clearly the "second man in". The initial altercation is between Ward and Hurricanes' forward Matt Cullen. Walker takes it upon himself to jump in between the two and, without warning, deliver a crushing blow to Ward's face.

Third, it is undeniable that Walker intended to injure Ward and did so in a vicious manner. The latest reports state that Ward may have suffered a broken orbital bone.

The lack of action against Walker is another glaring example of inconsistency and idiocy on the NHL's disciplinary record. The hypocrisy of not suspending Walker despite the league's "continued effort" to teach the players to respect each other is astounding....almost as astounding as the fact that Colin Campbell still has a job.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

HNLI Back on Saturday

Don't miss this weekend's edition of Hockey Night on Long Island at its regularly scheduled time, Saturday at 3:30 PM EST. Hosts Alex and Steve will be joined by Islanders Blogger of the Year Patrick Hickey Jr. of The Drive for Five for the latest on everything New York Islanders. This weekend's agenda will include the never-ending draft debate, the latest on the Charles Wang saga, a look ahead at the offseason, a look at the NHL playoffs, and the most current Isles news. Be sure to connect with the show by calling in, sending an instant message, or joining fellow listeners in the HNLI chatroom. Make sure to make HNLI a part of your Saturday!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

HNLI Today @ 3:30 PM!

Be sure to tune into today's episode of Hockey Night on Long Island at 3:30 PM EST. Along with Tom Mascioli of islesinfo.com, hosts Alex and Steve will discuss Newsday's latest look at the Islanders' financial losses, the sluggish state of the Lighthouse Project, the possibility of an Islanders' move, and something about some guy named John Tavares. We encourage your calls, IMs, and chatroom comments on today's HNLI episode that is sure to be a hub for some heated banter. Don't miss it!
HNLI Host Alex on Newsday's Back Cover with John Tavares! HNLI Alex w/ John Tavares