The Penguins and the Bruins have both been allowed to lead checks with high elbows all year. rangers to a certain extent, but they don't seem to do it as much, probably because Torts teaches a more controlled game. What led to this disgrace, not others, is that the B's don't have a spoiled brat as captain and emotional role model for the team. The Bruins take their shots, get awayu with it, and know they got away with it. The Pens take their shots, and feel entitled to take more, then complain when they have to face retaliation.
(and Rinaldo gets penalties for every check, clean or not - double standard to the nth degree)
Is this Bettman's basketball background? In the NBA, stars get an extra step or two, a little more room in the paint. That lets them make those highlight reel dunks that make TV ratings. There's nothing more to it than a couple more points in a high scoring game. Inthe NHL, when stars like Crosby, and their teams by association, are given preferential treatment, it entitles Neal to go on a head hunting spree becuase he's not getting his way.
I've always thought Bettman has no inderstanding whatsoever of this game. Cirpes, at least join an old guys league to see what ice feels like!