NHL on TSN Quiz: Should Kozlov be suspended?

TSN.ca Staff
10/21/2009 10:22:54 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

Question 1: Should Slava Kozlov of the Thrashers be suspended for his hit on Canadiens' centre Scott Gomez in Tuesday's game? He received a five-minute major and a game misconduct but does he deserve more?

Peter Laviolette: No suspension. The penalties served the purpose. And if that wasn't enough, Scott Gomez answered the question himself. It was hardly a push and also, it looked like Gomez may have propelled himself a little bit.

Keith Jones: Yes because it's a stupid play. What are you going to gain from a cross-check to the small of the back? It's a dirty play and it should be suspendable. I would give him two games and let him think about it.

Bob McKenzie: No. I must be going soft in my old age because I usually like to suspend everybody but not this time. I think the five-minute major assessed in overtime is enough. However, I would fine him and put him on record as an offender so the next time he does something that stupid, you can crush him.

Question 2: If you're still serving a penalty when overtime ends, should you be able to participate in the shootout?  

Keith Jones: No. You should be penalized for the shootout. You should have to sit and watch it from the penalty box and hope your team wins. Don't even let the guy go over to his own bench.

Bob McKenzie: No. If you have a penalty when time expires, you still owe somebody something.

Peter Laviolette: No. You should not participate in the shootout or the celebration after if your team wins.

Question 3: If you were Steve Yzerman, would Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks be on your Team Canada? He has seven goals and 10 points in nine games.

Peter Laviolette: No because I can't figure out who to take off. Canada is deep and he's having a great year but no.

Bob McKenzie: I'll say yes but I'll qualify that by saying he has to maintain that pace on a consistent basis from now until December. He's a different guy this year and I like the way he's playing so I'd go with the hot hand if he's hot when they're picking the team.

Keith Jones: No. He's a player that suffers from stage fright. Whenever the stage is huge, he comes up small and the playoffs are a great indicator of that. And what bigger stage than the Olympic Games?

Question 4: Who has the best mask in the NHL today?

Bob McKenzie: Steve Valiquette. He's got the Spiderman motif going on the front as well as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building on each side. He's even got a big stop sign on the back but I think he should flip that around to the front.

Keith Jones: Jimmy Howard. He has a very interesting mask. He pays tribute to the Motor City with a Mustang speedometer with retired players' numbers on the dial.

Peter Laviolette: Semyon Varlamov. I think he did a great job of embracing the new in the capital of the United States in Washington D.C. and also honouring and paying respect to the country of Russia.

Slava Kozlov (Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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