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NHL hands Klesla a one-game suspension

May 6, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has decided not to let Rostislav Klesla play in Game 5 of the Phoenix Coyotes’ second round series. Klesla will be forced to serve a one-game suspension for shoving Nashville’s Matt Halischuk into the boards during Friday’s contest.

You can view Shanahan’s explanation below:

The fact that Halischuk returned to the game and that Klesla does not have a suspension history related to this kind of a hit worked in Klesla’s favor. Still, the Coyotes will miss his presence in Game 5.

Klesla has been great in the playoffs with two goals and six points in 10 games. Phoenix needs just one more win to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

  1. mdhedley - May 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    My new theory is that Shanahan just gets drunk and then suspends someone when he wakes up. Unfortunately Shanahan was awake for the Yotes Preds game so Klesla gets the hammer. Clearly he drank himself through the Kings Blues series.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - May 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    What a joke. So Weber doesn’t get a suspension for slamming another player’s face/head into the boards but this gets a suspension. What’s legal and what’s not anymore???

  3. saintez - May 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Two ways different deals with kesla and weber. Yotes a little scared even up 3-1?

  4. obamablowz - May 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    40 suspension ALL YEAR in regular season and how many for playoffs? JOKE!!!!!!

  5. sabatimus - May 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    What about Ovechkin? He has a prior history. He should get at least 5 games–one-fifth of what Raffi Torres got. But he won’t. Right, Shanny?

  6. paperkid96 - May 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Shanahan only wanted to fine him, but Klesla said he was broke from buying hookers and blow for Radulov and Kostitsyn.

    Money well spent.

  7. fiddytucker - May 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    This has bullsh!t written all over it.

  8. balewsquare - May 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    And Ovechkin doesn’t even get a meeting?

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