Taylor Hall suspended two games for kneeing Cal Clutterbuck
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall has been suspended two games by the NHL for kneeing Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.
The incident occurred with just 2:37 remaining in regulation and Minnesota leading 3-1.
The hit happened at such high speed, and it appeared Hall stuck his leg out shortly before making contact. The result was a violent collision that left Clutterbuck writhing in pain on the ice. Hall received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct on the spot.
Brendan Shanahan, vice president of player safety for the NHL, cited Hall's knee making the initial contact with Clutterbuck and that Clutterbuck at no point had possession or control of the puck or reasonable expectation of contact as reasons the hit required supplemental discipline.
Clutterbuck was injured on the play and did not return to the game. He addressed the media Friday sporting crutches and has been listed as day-to-day with a thigh contusion.
This is Hall's first suspension in the NHL.
The Oilers meet Minnesota next on March 3, and while Mr. Shanahan likely hopes his ruling is sufficient, don't be surprised if the Wild look to dish out their own brand of justice on Hall.
So what do you think? Did Shanny get this one right?
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