No suspension for Lupul

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Photo: Getty Images via NHLI

Just a $10,000 maximum fine and no missed games for Joffrey Lupul after his cross check on Patrick Eaves in the Winter Classic.

As Lupul and Eaves tried to locate the puck inside the Red Wing blueline in the first period, Lupul went to push Eaves with a cross check and caught Eaves in the neck/side of the face area. Lupul’s focus is on the puck in Eaves’ feet and Eaves is hunched over, but Lupul was reckless in his application of the cross check.

That the conditions were brutal and the players were having to search through the snow for the puck may have been a factor in this ruling. Lupul and the Leafs in the hearing may have successfully played the card, “If we’re playing in conditions where we’re half blind…”

A cross-check shove, of which this is a mild version, while a player protects or shields the puck really isn’t all that uncommon. Lupul missed the shoulder and definitely deserved the fine, but a suspension would’ve been harsh. Eaves, who has a history of jaw injury and concussion, has had his jaw reset after the incident, but is feeling fine (or seemingly better than before?) and isn’t expected to miss any games:

[quote_box_center] “Everything’s good to go now,” Eaves said. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”
Lupul was fined $10,000 by the NHL for the hit — the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement — and avoided a suspension.
Eaves was out for more than 13 months with a concussion after suffered a fractured jaw when hit by a shot on Nov. 26, 2011. Lupul’s check caught him on the same side, but he wasn’t worried about a concussion.
“My head was fine the whole time; I was clear and everything,” Eaves said. “It was just the jaw; I’ve been down that road before and was hoping I didn’t have to go down it again.”[/quote_box_center]

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  • Pent_House

    Finally shanaban does something I can live with it.

  • mcloki

    Finally the “Snow got in my eyes” excuse works. This sounds about right.

  • Mind Bomb

    Jesus Gleason does look mean in the picture above lol.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Wow. About time something goes our way.

  • Jmessih

    Shut up Mirtle you friggin pussyhttps://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/419198763148656640
    Frankly I don’t see how Lupul got off here. Figured it’d be a two-game suspension easy.

  • dlb eh

    Mind Bomb
    Shanahan wasn’t about to mess with him and suspend his team mate

  • Jmessih

    NHL’s first half highlights, nothing great but a few good moments captured 
    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=53&id=526923&lang=en&navid=nhl:topheads

  • Pent_House

    Jmessih Go blow a goat Mirtle

  • B_Leaf

    I had to go back and watch a little footage from the classic today…unfortunately the CBC version. I had only watched NBC on game day. Wow, I cannot put to words how much better the NBC broadcast was. Unbelievable what CBC is doing to itself and Canadian viewers.  The play by play and the Healy color is just puke awful. It is poisoned.  The NBC broadcast was quality start to finish. CBC really should make some changes. Ron and Don are great. I don’t mind the second period panel minus Healy. But Healy and Simpson are poison. Hughson is just incompetent.

    Surely they can get someone in to call the games and add color that make the broadcast professional and fun.

    By the way the NBC broadcast spun the Lupul hit as an accident and to my recollection didn’t mention suspension.

  • toddatkinson4

    leafsbuzztap This is good news for the team. Go Leafs Go!!

  • Airfreshener

    B_Leaf Couldn;t have put it better. When the CBC braodcast died and switched to NBC I was like woah…. This is WAY better.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    First reaction was it was a nothing, routine play but that Lups got his stick up a little. Actually a good ruling.

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb Aye looks like he is 

    Breaking Leaf !

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Airfreshener B_Leaf I agree. For some reason the CBC guys have it out for the Leafs. Always critical and they make a big deal out of minor stuff. It is like they need to manufacture issues

  • Mind Bomb

    Pent_House Jmessih He cant he was feeling Sheepish after that comment :))))))))

  • ShotgunCharlie

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe My first reaction was “Eaves, why did you headbutt Lupuls stick?”

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Yeah but you don’t now what you’re watching some times.

  • TheJFish

    Murph2417 ShotgunCharlie Airfreshener B_Leaf I honestly don’t mind Cole, Ron and Don, the others though, just horrible.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Haha, that’s not my Twitter account you were responding to. That’s Declan’s.
    But I am watching Gleason right now in his last game as a Cane vs. Pens. Little faster than Komisarek once he’s moving. Sluggish first few steps though. Looks like his confidence isn’t there right now either.

  • gilmourhalloffame

    maybe it helped Lupul that Shanahan was at the game and it didn’t look that bad live? Just guessing here.

  • B_Leaf

    Airfreshener B_Leaf 

    Just listening to it today for 2 minutes made me urge. I mean how bad is that. 

    Listen to the NFL broadcasts like Chris Berman. It is so professional and generally positive. I mean they occasionally point out clear flaws. But the CBC Hughson, Simpson, Heally team is delusionally poisoned and negatively one sided in hatred against the leafs.

    In stead of highlighting a positive play by a pro athlete they always have to highlight the percieved negative play by someone who didn’t prevent it. Sometimes that is important but they are negative 90% of the time.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    TheJFish Murph2417 ShotgunCharlie Airfreshener B_Leaf Even if Cole gets a few names wrong from time to time lol

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe
    i’m hoping he can at least replace what Fraser gave us last year

  • wendelsway1

    I’d really like someone to explain to me why every other teams’ fanbase would back their player, while we have fans that go out of their way to agree with suspensions against our players……until this league makes refs accountable for blatant missed calls, and Shanny starts handing out suspensions that are consistent….my Leafs can do no wrong….we are not a dirty team and have gotten the shaft all season long…..we were due for something to go our way.

  • TheJFish

    ShotgunCharlie TheJFish Murph2417 Airfreshener B_Leaf Haha well, there’s some margin for error when you’re 80.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    B_Leaf Airfreshener The idea is to build up both teams that are playing to enhance the quality of the broadcast.

  • B_Leaf

    ShotgunCharlie B_Leaf Airfreshener 

    Chris Berman is a total pro at that.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Watch Lupe’s left hand, closest to the boards.

  • dlb eh

    Xxxxxnew
    not sure what i’m looking for

  • B_Leaf

    Shift_Disturber1 B_Leaf Airfreshener 

    I could not believe the difference. We have just gotten use to how poor it is. Unbelievable that someone hasn’t done something.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Xxxxxnew what about it?

  • ShotgunCharlie

    dlb eh Xxxxxnew I think he pulled a coin out of eaves ear

  • Pent_House

    I can`t find a torrent for episode 3. the first two episodes came out quickly, but can`t find shit for #3

  • dlb eh

    ShotgunCharlie
    Watch?  he’s wearing a watch!

  • Jmessih

    USA third shut down line will be pretty fun to watch, Brown – Backes – Oshie

  • dlb eh

    Pent_House
    there’s ton’s of Ranger in episode 3.  coach talks about how integral he’s been with the youngsters, and how his play has really solidified the defense this season.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    dlb eh Pent_House Near the beginning it talks about Carlyle having cataracts

  • dlb eh

    ShotgunCharlie
    haha, i missed some of it

  • Pent_House

    Murph2417 Pent_House you’re a champ bro. Gotta DLin already. Unceonsored version?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    dlb eh Pent_House Met his roommate from his Oshawa days in the hotel in Detroit. Had some interesting insight in how much he likes Ranger’s game and then he said “He’s better than Dion, who is our worst defenceman. At least Fraser is tough.”

  • MLHS_Luke

    B_Leaf Airfreshener I think that might just be the Canadian way.  We have a pretty massive inferiority complex as a nation.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Alec Brownscombe dlb eh Pent_House was his roommate Glenn Healy?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    The_Polish_Cannon Alec Brownscombe dlb eh Pent_House No, a guy who was drafted by the Lightning as well, actually

  • wendelsfist

    dlb eh ShotgunCharlie  Looks like Loops is happy here

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe
    shocking that you didn’t put that into an article haha

  • ShotgunCharlie

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe dlb eh Pent_House that hog shit is bull shit

  • Marleafs

    B_Leaf Thanks to the Rogers deal Leafs Saturday games will be on Sportsnet! Which means the Leafs TV crew will be in charge of the commentary and analysis. Holy Makinaw!

  • NotInsane

    Ever since Melnyk accused the CBC of being pro-leafs the commentary has been going downhill.  When the Vancouver WhinnyBabies boycotted CBC in 2010 that made things even worse.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    ShotgunCharlie TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe dlb eh Pent_House Certainly blows open the “ever played at a high level?” argument

  • ShotgunCharlie

    Murph2417 Marleafs B_Leaf Sportsnet has creative control through the 4 years of HNIC broadcasts though