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Washington’s Green suspended three games for illegal hit to the head

Mar 9, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Capitals defenseman Mike Green three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Brett Connolly.

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The incident occurred at 11:03 of the second period — no penalty was assessed on the play and Connolly eventually returned to action.

Part of the reason for the three-game suspension was Green’s reputation, as he was deemed a repeat offender after getting suspended three games in 2010 for elbowing then-Florida forward Michael Frolik:

Green will miss Saturday’s game in Boston, Sunday’s home date with Toronto and Tuesday’s contest in New York against the Islanders. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Green will forfeit $85,135.14, with all funds going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Good. It was a completely reckless hit and he hasn’t done ANYTHING since he’s come back… Put Big John back in the lineup and bring a real physical presence to the blue line… Not a 6 Million Dollar Groin Injury

    • stakex - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      It was a reckless hit, but what does him not doing anything since his come back have to do with it?

      • ravenscaps48 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Get someone else in the lineup… I do believe I referred to the in the middle of my statement

  2. bcjim - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Technically illegal but the “victim” didnt help himself by being bent over to the height of a midget.

    Should have been 1 game. This is a real blow to the Caps at a critical time. Saying Green hasnt done anything is ridiculous. Wideman is their next best puck mover (and the gap is huge) and he has done nothing lately except screw up.

    People take for granted Greens skill with the puck…mark it down, he will be resigned haters.

    I also thought he was *not* a repeat offender since the last (and only) incident was 2 seasons ago?

  3. davidpcoelho - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    So the incident in 2010 was factored in into the decision? Two years apart?

    • taytay099 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      To be fair, he’s only played like half a season’s worth of games in that time.

  4. aschwartz2011 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    he was bent over because he was already getting hit into the boards.

  5. scottybcboy - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Again….what must Wisniewski think? If this hit had taken place in October, as a repeat offender, he would have gotten 10 games. Does anyone, other than Canuck fan, really think that this hit was less egregious than Marchand’s clip? He got 5 games! Green gets 3…..WOW!

    • velocirapist - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      The intent is no less egregious but Connolly wasn’t injured like Salo was and Green doesn’t have quite the reputation Marchand Does.

      If you ask me both Marchand and Green should’ve both got more. Absolutely no place for that crap in the game.

  6. scottybcboy - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Want to add how unhappy I am with the ‘injury taken into consideration’ aspect of suspension rulings this year. As we have all been told repeatedly that each player, or concussion, is different and time lines vary. Just because you happen to hit a ‘brittle player’ – see Salo – doesn’t mean your hit was more or less brutal than hitting a player who is more resilient, or younger (less wear and tear).

    • velocirapist - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Salo doesn’t have a concussion history like he does with leg injuries. And people who battle back from 40+ injuries over the course of a career are tough as nails. Brittle is a terrible word.

      • taytay099 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        I’m a huge Salo fan and I think brittle is a perfect word to describe him. Every time he goes into the corner to retrieve a puck I can’t help but cringe. Every time he blocks a shot and takes an extra second to get back up I get real worried. The guy is strong and resilient to come back from all those injuries, but I consider him brittle for being so injury prone.

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