Vancouver Canucks Jannik Hansen for some peculiar reason crosschecked referee Dave Jackson in the opening faceoff skirmish on Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks.
There was no penalty on the play even though it was clear as night and day that he crosschecked Jackson. Hansen won’t have to explain his actions since the league won’t be investigating it further, according to CBS Sports’ Eye on Hockey blog:
“I have seen no referee’s report referencing the incident,” NHL Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told CBSSports.com. “And in cases like that, Colin Campbell, Terry Gregson and the Hockey Ops guys leave it up to the discretion of the on-ice officials whether behavior crossed the line.”
As predicted, media and fans around the National Hockey League are jumping all over this incident to paint the Canucks in a negative light.
One commenter on Puck Daddy suggested Hansen did it to frame Clowe and he was successful in doing so citing the unsportsmanlike penalty call on Clowe. Ignored is Alexandre Burrows also received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the exchange. Also ignored is in the boxscore, Clowe’s penalty was registered as a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on Burrows.
No attention has been paid to what precipitated the entire altercation either. It was all started by San Jose Sharks centre Logan Couture who put his glove in the face of Burrows. Burrows responded with a “pump” to Couture’s head at which point Clowe came in and Hansen crosschecked the referee.
It is not the first time a Sharks player has done this to a Canuck. Joe Thornton did the same thing to Henrik Sedin last season during a stoppage in play while speaking with referee Gord Dwyer in front of the penalty boxes.