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Lightning’s Thompson suspended two games for illegal head check

Mar 30, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

It turns out Brendan Shanahan had good reason to have a meeting with Lightning forward Nate Thompson today.

The Department of Player Safety suspended Thompson for two games thanks to the illegal head check he delivered to Devils forward Matt D’Agostini last night.

As Shanahan will show in the video below, Thompson could’ve avoided delivering a blow to D’Agostini’s head but instead chose to target it instead. Take it away, Shanny.

Thompson will give up $9,729.72 in salary to the benefit of the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund and return to action next Saturday against the Islanders. He’ll miss the team’s games on Tuesday against the Panthers and Thursday on the road against the Hurricanes.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    What’s the matter with these players? Why are they taking head shots like this? They are out of control. Is this learned behavior? I mean. What will it take to put an end to this reckless behavior? Is suspending players working? I have my doubts.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    That was a Scott Stevens Special

  3. imleftcoast - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The problem is the inconsistency. The players aren’t learning because it’s two games when a Canuck bumps Mike Smith of the NHL-owned Coyotes, and then it’s two games for this deliberate attempt to injure. This one probably needed 4 or 5 games to send a message.

  4. jaybertx - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I think in this case it’s just a player who got a new contract trying too hard to earn his money and impress a new coach. That doesn’t make it right — he was clearly in the wrong — but it might explain why someone who leads his team in hits but only has 6PIMs for the season would blatantly blow someone up at center ice.

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