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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hockey After Dark: Night 21 (The NHL Should Take a Page From the...NFL? Am I High? Edition) by @DXTraeger

"...Where Insomnia Hits the Ice"
(Welcome to "Hockey After Dark," a late-night recap of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Topics will include scores, injuries, controversies, the Twitter-verse, and random jokes at the expense of the Philadelphia Flyers.  I strongly encourage clicking on the links)

About 28 hours have passed since Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Niskanen joined forces to concuss Sidney Crosby, and the NHL media has appropriately evolved its discussion of the league and its epidemic of head-shots to foster a better discussion of brain injury...and....concussions....and....

Oh wait.  This isn't the.....NFL????

(in regards to PK Subban's "Embellishment" penalty after getting elbowed in the head Tuesday night)
Yay for jokes that revolve around a player with a concussion!
Twitter is the worst.

Seriously though, the NFL either claimed the link between playing football and Chronic traumatic encephalopathy was exaggerated or straight-up lied about about, well, everything football and CTE related.  Remember this, because you'll be recalling it in a matter of seconds.

Meanwhile, the NHL media apparently has free reign from the league to make any and all jokes based on brain injuries, but the NFL– a league that spent millions to deny and discredit the proliferation of CTE– has a virtual (and possible literal) moratorium on any of its reporters joking about the matter.

If you skipped down to this sentence and your brain isn't exploding, let's take this moment to reset.

The freaking ---> NFL <--- is leading the NHL when it comes to addressing the severity of head injuries.

If you want proof of how tight the NFL has screwed the lid on concussions, try to find a single instance of an NFL media-type making light of a concussion or head injury within the past five years.

Go ahead.  Take as long as you want.

If you dared to take my challenge, here's the only instance of "concussion" and "joke" showing up anywhere, and SPOILER ALERT, it invariably involves everyone asking why in the hell Roger Goodell was laughing at the expense of Roger Staubach's concussion-related speech.

I can't understate how screwed up this situation is.  The NHL's headshot/concussion problem is so bad that it's permissible to make jokes based around the injuries, and despite the NFL's highly publicized problem with football and concussions, nobody dares to make light of it.

I got into a Twitter exchange with one hockey personality over her retweet of the Ron MacLean's face (the Don Cherry one) without any explanation as to why she retweeted.  She claimed that she laughed at MacLean's face.  When I asked whether or not she was ignoring the caption or ignoring the context, she said, and I swear to god I'm not making any of this up:


Ordinarily, I absolutely LOVE me some Jen Neale, but no.

I'm going to stop there.


As for the Penguins and Sidney Crosby, Head Coach Mike Sullivan said that Crosby had been diagnosed with a concussion (yay for passive voice), and that he would miss Game 4, and would be "Day-to-Day" after that.

Conor Sheary was also diagnosed with a concussion following a friendly-fire hit from Patric Hornqvist.

Pittsburgh will try to take a 3-1 series stranglehold on Wednesday night with Evgeni Malkin leading the charge.  Malkin was largely ineffective in Monday night's contest (particularly on the power-play, yech) until the 3rd period, at which point Geno delivered with both a goal and a primary assist on Nick Schultz's game-tying goal late in regulation.

For the Capitals, both Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Niskanen escaped supplemental discipline from the league and will be available for Wednesday night's game.

#BabyWatch2017:  No baby yet, but I have the feeling that she's arriving really really soon.  If you don't hear (see: READ) from me, that's where I'm at, and pictures will shortly follow!

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