Brendan Shanahan enjoyed a few quiet days in the past week, it must have felt like the Christmas break again, minus the delicious ham or turkey dinner, of course.
The hit occurred in the Sharks zone with San Jose trying to advance the puck out. Byers came across the ice and put a hit on Desjardins. But as Shanahan notes, the principal point of contact was the head of Desjardins, an obvious no no as the NHL has made clear multiple times this season.
What Shanahan notes in giving Byers a three-game suspension is how he had the chance to deliver a body check but instead rose up and delivered a hit to the head using his shoulder and continued to drive upward through the hit.
Adding into the mix, Desjardins was injured as a result of the hit, leaving him a little groggy and leading to concussion tests.
Plus Byers, despite being a recent callup from the AHL, has a suspension on his NHL resume for starting a fight in the final five minutes of a game. So the three strikes in this case add up to three games.