UPDATED**** I sent an email to the Office of NHL Officials and to Gary Bettman's email about the Kovulchuk spear and asked for their reasoning for the penalty to not be called correctly. I will post any responce that I am sent. So in other words Rangers fans, DO NOT expect anything else posted on this as they will do what they did with Neil and Ovechkin and just look the other way. In a tweet from Devils writer Tom Gallutti, the NHL after reviewing Rangers/Devils game 4 found no incidents that would lead to disciplinary. GO FIGURE!!!
The Rangers have followed their postseason pattern so far this season with winning every other game in the last two series. With the ODD way of winning, the Rangers show that they can come back and take control of the series at MSG on Wed. The Devils did what they needed to do, even trading off Henrique in a fight with Ryan McDonagh that had him off the ice for the Devils second goal of the game. The Rangers need to have the consistency in even games that they do in the odd games and they will be fine. The refs are the refs and everything should even out, but there was a very clear call against Ryan Callahan by Newark Devil Kovulchuk and don't know how it wasn't called spearing.
The NHL rule for spearing is:
Rule 62 - Spearing
62.1 Spearing - Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.
62.2 Double-minor Penalty - A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.
62.3 Major Penalty - A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent (see 62.5).
62.4 Match Penalty - A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.
62.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.
62.6 Fines and Suspensions - There are no specified fines or suspensions for spearing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).
SO kovulchuk , by the rules, should have received a MAJOR penalty and a game misconduct with the option of fine or suspension, which we know that Shanahan will only suspend a Rangers and not a Devil that speared Callahan in the chest. The score at the time was 2-0 Newark but Rangers would have had a 3 minute powerplay(2 for Callahan and 5 for Kovulchuk).
Game 5 at the Garden will have all the Rangers hands on deck with Brandon Prust back from his suspension, hopefully Michael Del Zotto will have recovered from his sorrow of losing his grandmother(God Bless), and with the Garden Faithful going wild the Rangers should take control of this series. The question is to the NHL--HOW DO BOTH REFS NOT CALL THE SPEAR???? The Rangers responded from Carl Hagelin's suspension and Brian Boyle's injury, now the Rangers need to man up and get into the dirty areas and make the plays to win.
LET'S GO RANGERS!!! STEP IT UP!!!!