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.