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Bobby Ryan gets a two-game suspension for stomping Blum…

Ryan stomp Blum

In last night’s Game 2 match-up between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators, Ducks superstar Bobby Ryan used his skate as a weapon on rookie Jon Blum‘s foot.

Video of the play is below.

Prominant hockey personalities and well-respected media members have come out and voiced their opinion on the skate blade incident. Former NHLer and current ESPN and TSN analyst Matthew Barnaby stated that he’d be “shocked” if Ryan doesn’t featch two games. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said he believes a fine or suspension was upcoming. Even Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons said Ryan deserves two to four games for the act.

Well, this afternoon the National Hockey League reviewed the play and held a disciplinary hearing with Ryan and the Ducks and the verdict is in. Ryan was issued a two game suspension for the incident.

The Predators have no choice but to capitalize on this opportunity. Nashville is at home, the building will be rocking and the Ducks will now be without one of their top players for both Game 3 and 4. So, for two games that are not literally life-or-death, these are must-wins for Nashville. Period.

Puck drops at 5:00pm Central on Sunday.

PHOTO CREDIT: screen cap of FS-Tennessee’s broadcast last night. All rights belong to them.

4 Comments

  1. Mike

    April 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    He actually got a 2 game suspension. And it was warranted. Never do you intentionally stomp on someones ankle like that with a blade. The intention was obviously to injure. Pronger got 8 games for something similar.

  2. Stevio51

    April 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Over this series I have lost a lot of respect for some of the ducks players. It’s easier to name the ones I still respect.

  3. Mom4Gret

    April 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    The thing that gets me is no penalty was called. The refs have been letting things go both ways (more slides for the Ducks, of course). Hopefully this will change for the remainder of the series, since the League has stepped in.

  4. james

    April 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

    It wasn’t called because it wasn’t seen. Can’t blame them for that. However, this is the playoffs, not fight club. The Ducks have been doing some cheap things and the NHL needs to keep a close eye on them. Good suspension. Not too long. Not too short