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Seabrook suspended 3 games. Would it be more in regular season?

Brent Seabrook will sit three games for his late hit on David Backes. Let's hope the sentence wasn't shortened because it's the playoffs.
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We sure hope the time of year had nothing to do with the length of suspension the NHL handed Brent Seabrook.

The Chicago defenseman got three games for charging and interference, not to mention knocking David Backes into a different dimension during Game 2 of the St. Louis-Chicago game the other night.

Fair enough. The NHL department of player safety explains its decision in the video below. That Seabrook is not a repeat offender factors into the punishment.

But too often we hear that because it's the playoffs, when more is on the line, disciplinarians modify the suspension. That is, one playoff game equals two or three regular season games, giving the offender, ostensbily, a lighter sentence..

The problem with that thinking is the same holds true for the victim – in this instance, Backes and Blues.

Time of year should not matter. When the stakes are higher, so are the consequences and the perpetrators should be held fully accountable.

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