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Video: The hit that earned Mattias Ritola a two game suspension

Nov 18, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

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Earlier this afternoon, we passed along news that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mattias Ritola received a two-game suspension for a hit on New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

The problem was that we weren’t able to find any video evidence of the hit.

As the league tends to do, the suspension was handed down and then the video became available. As you can see from the clip posted at the bottom of this article, Ritola hit Moulson from behind/the side and clearly left his feet for a second to administer the hit.

It strikes me as a less violent version of the Niklas Hjalmarsson hit on Jason Pominville from earlier this season. The thing that really made it an easy suspension was how prone Moulson was in that situation and the fact that Ritola left his feet.

Do you think the suspension was appropriate? Or was it too long or too short? Let us know in the comments.

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