Evgeni Malkin Fights Henrik Zetterberg After Game 2 Of Stanley Cup Finals

You Make The Call: Should Evgeni Malkin Be Punished For His Actions At The End Of Last Night's Game?

6/1/09 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect


At the end of last night's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Penguins and Red Wings, Evgeni Malkin let his frustrations get the best of him, and randomly started a fight with Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings.

A few people are saying that he should get suspended, or at least penalized somehow for instigating. I say it's hockey, so let them fight. What's your take?
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6/2/09   |   tabletop47

what would mark cuban say if he owned the Red Wings ? "kick him out of the league" PERIOD

6/2/09   |   truely   |   76 respect

i dont think so how else could the pens try to get inside the wings/ozzies head going back to pittsburg. its hockey  it wont be the last time u see it

6/1/09   |   wallyinpa   |   22 respect

yea make him play another game against the wings

6/1/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

keppieboy wrote:
 This is one more reason that the NHL is crap league he was called for instigating which carries a mandatory suspension but he is one of the NHL's stars so they resind the suspension after the game. 

A crap league.? the NHL.? Steroid use in baseball; i noticed you are a Yankees fan...steroid central for  A-Rod, Clemens, and Pettite. You also like the Knicks. How about the NBA taking away a flagrant foul from Orlando's Dwight Howard.
Even Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knew in his press conference last night that no suspension was coming.
Now, the person who should have had a seat was Talbot, for going after Chris Osgood after after the whistle blew late in the game. The official called a penalty, but that's not enough.
Let's play hockey boys..leave the cheap shots out.

6/1/09   |   Monoki

Let me start by saying that I didn't want him to be suspended. I want to see every Pen out there so there can be no doubt when we take the cup but, the rule says what it say and he should have been. The NHL's response to why he was not suspend is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard. He clearly was sending a message and wanted Z to know. I think that he might have just started a fire that the pens wont be able to control! Wings in 6! Go Wings!

6/1/09   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

(Edited by nyrangers)

He should be suspended. Because that's what the rules are. Instigating a fight with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, which he did with Zetterberg, automatically warrants a one game suspension. And he clearly earned that instigator penalty. Nothing dangerous, but he still met the guidelines for a one game suspension.

I think this is a case of star treatment. If any scrub did this they would have been suspended, no doubt. However the non-suspension is probably better for the league, as one of it's superstars gets to showcase his skills in the next game

6/1/09   |   hoppie6936

MrNFL wrote:
He won't, it's the Finals.  But if you look at 1:24 in the video, Malkin uses his stick as a weapon while fighting Zetterberg, which is the ultimate b#tch move. 

Its because malkin is a little B%TCH!!!!!!!!!!!

6/1/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

He won't, it's the Finals.  But if you look at 1:24 in the video, Malkin uses his stick as a weapon while fighting Zetterberg, which is the ultimate b#tch move. 

6/1/09   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24904 respect

He shouldn't be suspended, and it wasn't instigating..  I hate that term anyway.. The scrum is over, the game is over, no cheap shots were thrown.. Let's all move on to game 3

6/1/09   |   Marshall

1. Its the Stanley Cup Finals
2. Your team is dominating most of the play and still down 2 games.
3. You were called out for not having enough passion the year before.
4. Nobody got hurt
5. The rule states the suspension can be rescinded if the play doesn't meet certain criteria (intent to injure, send a message) I don't think met those.
So even the fact that as a Wings fan I'd love to see him sit out he should not be suspended besides it give the media one more excuse to push Sidney and that is the last thing I want to hear

6/1/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

hskrdave wrote:
 i agree with the let them play, but I think there is also a rule in effect this year that states you can't instigate anything in the final x amount of time if the game is out of hand.  Not sure how all of that is defined, but I know at least one person was suspended earlier this playoff season because of it.

 This is one more reason that the NHL is crap league he was called for instigating which carries a mandatory suspension but he is one of the NHL's stars so they resind the suspension after the game. 

6/1/09   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

The person who should be suspended is the guy who scheduled back to back games in the Stanley Cup Finals.  Let's see if Kobe would go for 40 playing against Nuggets,Cavs or Magic playing 48 minutes back to back.

6/1/09   |   hskrdave   |   10494 respect

 i agree with the let them play, but I think there is also a rule in effect this year that states you can't instigate anything in the final x amount of time if the game is out of hand.  Not sure how all of that is defined, but I know at least one person was suspended earlier this playoff season because of it.

6/1/09   |   DebiDecon

It's the Stanley Cup Finals for God's sake, LET THEM PLAY!!!

6/1/09   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

While I agree that the fight was a result of retaliation for the "shot" on Osgood, that "shot" was barely noticeable and certainly not hard enough to cause any damage whatsoever. 

That being said, let 'em fight!!! It's the Stanley Cup Finals for crap's sakes.  The Pens lost the game 3-1 (great game too) and Malkin was frustrated.  Completely understandable and expected.

6/1/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

wrote:
Far from random.  The Pens took a shot at Osgood, the Wings responded, and Malkin (as the announcer said) found a dance partner.  This kind of thing always happens at the end of a game that is a loss and especially in a series.  Let it slide.

I'll be honest. I know nothing about the entire first part of your comment. But I very much agree with the "let it slide" part. That's pretty much how I feel about all of the fighting in hockey.

6/1/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Let them scrap..it's the finals and the NHL needs their star players to  actually play if they want to see threir ratings increase.  Malkin didn not do anything vicious so I say give him a warning or a fine and let him suit up.

6/1/09   |   akecke   |   5 respect

 It's hockey, its the finals, let is go. If anything he should be commended for getting the league any type of publicity.


And to think game 4 will be on versus and possibly clinching. RATINGS BONANZA!