No Discipline for Clarkson


David Clarkson wasn’t punished for a dangerous run he took at Brandon Dubinsky last night. The fiery Devil forward made a flying elbow attempt at Dubinsky during the second period of the Rangers’ 2-0 win over the Devils Monday. However, he didn’t connect. Clarkson received two minutes for charging on the play.

While Clarkson didn’t injure Dubinsky, it still was the kind of play the league wants to eliminate. Targeting players heads should have a zero tolerance policy regardless of injury. At the very least, blind League VP Brendan Shanahan could’ve fined Clarkson. The 27-year old who is in his sixth year, is having a career season under former junior hockey coach Pete DeBoer. His 24 goals and 34 points are new career bests.

Working in his favor, Clarkson has never been suspended. He will not face any discipline. Perhaps he caught a break. One that remains inexplicable.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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