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According to Ryan Hollweg, winning two points for the Blueshirts last night was all the retribution he could ask for in response to Chris Simon‘s vicious tomahawk chop to his head last night. Thankfully the NHL will ensure that the consequence of two lost points is just the tip of the iceberg.

Simon will be suspended for his gutless assault; the only question is for how long? According to ESPN’s Barry Melrose, the NHL is likely to hand out a suspension of at least 15-games, and should include a postseason ban as well.

Said Rangers forward Sean Avery, “Let’s just see if Colin Campbell finally does something about this stuff and doesn’t give him three games like he gave that other meathead from New Jersey,” in reference to the ban assessed to the Devils’ Cam Janssen for his dirty hit to the head of Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle.

In 2000, defenseman Marty McSorley took a similar two-handed chop to the head of enforcer Donald Brashear, and was suspended until February of the following season. McSorley never played in the NHL again. Exactly three years ago to the day, Todd Bertuzzi ended Steve Moore‘s career with a sucker punch from behind, resulting in a 17-month ban from professional hockey.

In the opinion of ESPN.com’s E.J. Hradek, Simon could’ve killed Hollweg, and the Rangers forward was lucky to escape with nothing more than a few stitches.

Hradek is right. Fortunately for everyone involved, Simon’s stick seemed to glance off Hollweg’s shoulder pad as it slashed him across the chin. Had the full brunt of the swing hit Hollweg across the neck or throat, the tenor of today could have been drastically, and horribly different.

For video of the incident, see right, or click here.

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