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Should the NHL punish Mike Ribeiro?

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06:32 PM ET 01.23 | The Washington Capitals lost their second game of the season last night and center Mike Ribeiro wasn't just displeased with the quality of play on the ice. Ribeiro called out the officials after the game for failing to acknowledge two separate incidents of high sticking in the 4-2 loss to the Jets. The NHL, like all professional sports in America, doesn't take kindly to players publicly calling out referees. However, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, the NHL isn't expected to hand out any punishment to Ribeiro for his comments. Either the NHL is a lot more lenient than other sports when it comes to calling out refs, or the league office saw exactly what Ribeiro saw and are ending it at that. But should the NHL have suspended Ribeiro or will not doing so result in more player revolt against officials?

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Mark Ribeiro, AP Photo/Alex Brandon Mark Ribeiro, AP Photo/Alex Brandon
January 23, 2013  10:05 PM ET

Simply apologize for the fact that the officials are pinheads and all will be forgiven!

January 23, 2013  10:08 PM ET

No.

But haven't seen it.

And probably never will.

I've got about 12 days to kill till after the Super Bowl and don't really have a hockey "jones" overiding things.

That has always been when I get serious about hockey.

But I'm feeling a lot less serious about tuning in than in years past.

And I've still got that pesky house painting job hanging over my head.

I do like all the glove dropping early in games though.

January 23, 2013  11:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I do like all the glove dropping early in games though.

You missed a good between Orr and Engelland been there before they said.

January 23, 2013  11:45 PM ET

NO, he should not be punished.

January 23, 2013  11:49 PM ET

how many ribeiro threads do we need?

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January 24, 2013  07:43 AM ET

Punish him, you have to punish the refs twice as badly.

January 24, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Punish both Ribeiro and the refs.

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January 24, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

how many ribeiro threads do we need?

At least one per day, probably two, until the Caps start to play hockey instead of hop scotch.

 
January 25, 2013  04:10 AM ET

Ribeiro head-butted Jokinen's stick. He should be suspended and have to apologize to
Olli AND his lumber.

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