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Video: Could Panthers’ rookie Robak be looking at suspension?

Mar 24, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Colby Robak could be the next NHL player getting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, after an incident Saturday night.

Robak was assessed a major penalty for cross checking, and a game misconduct, when he hit New Jersey Devils forward Tim Sestito from behind into the boards during the third period.

Sestito, according to, appeared to suffer an injury to his upper back or shoulder. Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said Sestito would be fine.

The incident with Robak and Sestito came not long after the Devils’ star forward Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with a shoulder injury, although the extent of his injury is not yet known.

Those responsible for handing out supplementary discipline in the NHL have been busy this past week:

  1. craigmaitland - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    The player is a nobody and he also should be fine. No suspension. If the player was injured or a star he would be suspended. NHL is run so poorly.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Iam sorry dudes if you been skating your whole life and you go into the boards after a tap on the pants like your legs fell off you should be cut not rewarded with a fake power play !

      • tlndma - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I have to agree. Didn’t seem like much of a push and it was also well away from the boards. The penalties in the game should be enough.

    • tatdue - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Although your assessment of Tim Sestito being a nobody is wrong and your couch to television doctoring skills are absolutely worthless, I have to agree that there should be no suspension in this case. In fact I can’t even really raise much of a case for the penalty that was called. They weren’t close enough to the boards for a boarding call and even though you could make an argument that according to the rule book this was a cross check the refs will let go much harder ‘cross checks’ a hundred times a night during any game played….This is just a weird incident all around, but a major penalty, it is not….

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    The NHL has become soccer on ice !

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