DETROIT (WXYZ) - At times, the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs have had the feel of Wrestlemania.
For that, many have put the blame on Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Senior Vice President of Player Safety. Shanahan handles player discipline, and has had his hands full the past two weeks.
The former Red Wings star famously held back from suspending Predators defenseman Shea Weber for his head-slamming incident in Game 1 against the Red Wings. The prey, if you will, in that incident was Henrik Zetterberg. Tuesday, Zetterberg was asked if Shanahan's standing pat opened the floodgates of violence.
"That could be true," Zetterberg said.
Then the Red Wings forward took a shot at the future Hall of Famer.
"I think the league had a pretty good opportunity to set the bar, and I guess they did," he said with a smirk.
Weber was fined the maximum $2,500 for smashing Zetterberg's head into the glass in the waning moments of Game 1. He later claimed the fast pace of the game got the better of him.
Since that moment, New York Rangers rookie left winger Carl Hagelin was suspended three games by the NHL for hitting Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson with an elbow in Game 2 of that series on Saturday night. The Flyers and Penguins Game 3 featured a brawl for the ages, which Pittsburgh owner Mario Lemieux called "embarrassing" on Tuesday.
And to think, we're only halfway through the first round.