Friday, January 7, 2011

Ben Eager Sucker Punches Armstrong; Leafs Get 4 Goals; Suspension Likely Coming (Video)

Blow-out games often lead to stupid plays and we saw that once again tonight as Ben Eager of the Atlanta Thrashers sucker punched Colby Armstrong of the Toronto Maple Leafs at 17:05 of the second period with the game already 5-1 Toronto.

On the ensuing major power play for the match penalty the Leafs would tally four times and make it 9-1. The goals for the Leafs were Nikolai Kulemin (18:00), Clarke MacArthurt twice (19:14, 19:49) during the second period and Phil Kessel at 1:32 of the third. If that was not bad enough Eager would take another double minor for a crosscheck in third that would lead to a Mikahil Grabovski goal in the 9-3 Leafs rout.

You have to expect not only will there be a suspension for this, but a rather lengthy one is possible. Jody Shelley just got 2 games for sucker punching Andrew Alberts so that should be the minimum in this case.