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Reversal of Evgeni Malkin’s Suspension a Continuation of Bad Trend

Published by on June 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The decision to rescind the instigator penalty Evgeni Malkin picked up at the end of Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday night says more about the increasing league control of the NHL and NBA Playoffs than it does about Gary Bettman's love affair with the Penguins.

Sure, since Sidney Crosby became a Pittsburgh Penguin, the league has put all their marketing eggs in his basket. And as a result, the league has, in my opinion, bent over backwards for the Penguins. All you have to do is look at the scheduling of the Finals.

The Red Wings are banged up, with several stars sitting out. So naturally, the league schedules the first two games of the NHL Finals on back-to-back days. Now they keep Malkin avai...

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