Word is out that Shanahan has decided that Petrell’s hit on Zidlicky does not merit a suspension. I’ll admit that I’m not sure what I think. On the one hand when I watched the play happen I didn’t think Petrell actually pushed him hard enough for him to fall as he did. To me it looked like he put his hand on Zidlicky’s back to let him know that he was there so that when they went into the corner he didn’t surprise him with a dirty hit from behind.After watching it over and over though it does kind of look like there was a bit of a push, but I’m not sold that it was a push and not just that Petrell’s hand was on Zidlicky’s back as he fell and so Petrell’s arm moved. If there was a push (even a minor one) then absolutely I believe there should be a suspension. If there wasn’t a push, then what should happen. Some argue that it was a very dangerous play, and I agree, there is a lot that can go wrong when you are skating hard behind another player and headed for the corner. That said, what would have been the better move on Petrell’s part? Should he have turned away from Zidlicky and not chased him into the corner? I don’t think so, I think plays like this (without any push) are a part of the game, but that doesn’t mean that such plays shouldn’t result in a suspension.
So do you agree with Shanahan? He seems to agree with my initial thoughts as he described the cause of the fall as a toe pick, and doesn’t see enough evidence of a push to suspend him. I’m not sure that Petrell didn’t push, but I’m also not convinced that he did. While many Oilers fans were calling for a suspension I’m just not sure. I would not have been upset if he was suspended, in fact I’m a little shocked he wasn’t, but I’m also not sure it wasn’t the right decision. What do you think?