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Mike Green’s hit on Brett Connolly could be suspension-worthy

Mar 8, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

Tonight’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning presents the beginning of a serious “gut check” for the Washington Capitals, but some of their players aren’t responding in the best way possible.

Mike Green might just lead the charge, as he landed a highly questionable check on Lightning forward Brett Connolly. Decide for yourself by going to the video via CSNWashington:

A good barometer for a truly bad hit comes when media members from that given city admonish the check. That seemed to be the case with Green’s actions, as you can see from this Tweet from The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno.


Whyno was just one of the Capitals correspondents who disapproved of the hit, which left Connolly shaken up – although he did reportedly return to action according to’s Chuck Gormley (which sadly means quite a bit in the NHL’s current justice system).

What do you think would be an appropriate punishment for Green – if he deserves anything? Also, does this mean he’s no longer following robotic instructions or is he more like an evil “Terminator” type cyborg? (These are important questions, folks.)

  1. scottybcboy - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Don’t know how that is not a suspension….but I’ve said that before and been wrong….spin the wheel Shanny, where does it land? 1 game, 3 games, 5 games, or nothing at all, I for one have no f’n clue.

  2. subliminalnoize - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Tough to say, few points to look at. Green leads with a slight elbow, but Connolly was in a compromised position due to a hit that happens no less then a second before the hit, and he returned to the game healthy and fully capable of play.

    • ithacamike - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      If that’s the best replay/angle they’ve got then it’s hard to justify a suspension. Green doesn’t leave his feet, and properly leads with his shoulder. He’s going in for a body check but the Lightning player ends up being lower than Green anticipated.

      After the non-suspension on Kronwall, I cannot see how you can suspend this….but I’ve been wrong before too.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        the fact that connolly was already engaged with another player, Green leads with the forearm, and makes contact with the head – i dont see how you cant suspend him for this. the fact that he was engaged already was the biggest thing that damns green for this hit. you cant blame connolly for being in a “compromised position” because he didnt put himself there, he was already being hit by orlov. it was totally unnecessary and not really Mike Green-like type of play. i believe he made a mistake and he doesnt have a bad disciplinary record so i would be fine with 1-2 games, nothing more.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    That’s bad. Connolly’s already engaged in a check and has no real way to defend himself. Then Green comes in with an elbow right to the face. Should be at least 4 or 5 games. Has Green been suspended before?

    • mathieug79 - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      1-2 games imo, but then again sheriff shanny is unpredictable lately. so i guess we’ll see tomorow!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        I’d usually agree, but I think the fact that Connolly was already pinned to the boards by Green’s teammate when he threw this hit makes it that much worse. It was completely unnecessary.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        sheriff shanny dishes out a 3 games suspension!, I was wrong haha

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        …after we guessed 1, 2, 4, and 5. What a jerk.

  4. taytay099 - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Five games is my guess.

  5. xxshookonexx - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    No priors to my knowledge…..3 games is my guess but who the F#$% knows these days

    • ithacamike - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Green was suspended 3 games for an elbow back in the 09-10 season. On that hit, he stuck his elbow out and practically led with it. On last night’s hit, he’s leading with mostly shoulder and you can’t tell if his elbow makes any contact.

  6. bcjim - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    1-2 games. Would not be surprised at just a fine.

  7. lsxphotog - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    He should get a suspension because of the circumstances of the hit. He led into the hit with his elbow out and made initial contact with the head. There was no reason to even go in there and his Connolly, he should have played the puck because Orlov already did his job to take away Connolly’s chance. Very “Bash Brothers” kind of hit.

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