It's not often that Brendan Shanahan does videos when there was no suspension to talk about. I know a lot of people wish he'd do more on the non-suspension rulings, most notably the players.
But on rare occasions Shanny will feel a ruling needs the extra explanation. That's the case in the recent fine for Tampa Bay Lightning center Dominic Moore for his hit on the Rangers' Ruslan Fedotenko. You'll remember it left the Rangers pretty furious afterward. It really looked like it was a clear shoulder-on-head meeting.
It just looked that way.
When the NHL announced the suspension, it said there was additional evidence that supported the decision to only make it a fine.
We have our additional camera angle and further explanation from Shanahan that shows why the call was made and that it was the right one.
The first few camera angles you can't see anything but a shoulder to the head. It's on the later replays that you can clearly see Moore never hits Fedotenko in the head. Instead, he hits Fedotenko's hands which propels his stick into his own face.
Shanahan said the decision to fine Moore came from the fact that Fedotenko did sustain an injury from the hit and that it was still intentional interference.
It really would be nice to get more decisions explaining the decision on non-suspensions. This should be enough to cool down the Rangers fans who were riled up.
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