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Avs’ Johnson suspended two games for ‘violent’ Nielsen slash

Feb 11, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

On Tuesday, the National Hockey League suspended Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson two games for slashing — and breaking the hand of — Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.

“After Nielsen attempts to rim the puck behind the net to a teammate, Johnson chokes up on his stick and delivers a reckless two-handed slash, catching Nielsen across the thumb and injuring him,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “Nielsen makes no unpredictable movements, and Johnson’s reckless slash is violent and directly across the hand.”

Here’s the video:

The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period, and Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing. He had no prior history of supplemental discipline with the league and wasn’t considered a repeat offender, but Nielsen’s injury did contribute to the punishment.

Johnson will miss Colorado’s first two games out of the Olympic break — Feb. 26 versus Los Angeles and Feb. 28 against Phoenix — and will forfeit $38,461.54 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Fund. He’ll be eligible to return on Sunday, Mar. 2 against Tampa Bay.

  1. bsaures - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Kessel must be giving lessons

  2. keith8 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    2 games for that?

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Remind me again – how long was that bum Tim Thomas suspended for after using his stick like a battle axe to the head/neck area of an opponent?

  4. jernster21 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Seriously? There are hacks like this in every game, but two games for someone who has no previous history? What a joke. There are more dangerous boarding calls that go unpunished which could potentially result in paralysis but at least they’re getting these violent slashes out of the game!

  5. sjsharks66 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Are you kidding me?! Because he hit his thumb, he is suspended? If he hit his stick there is nothing wrong with this. The fact he hit his thumbs just proves it should have been 2 minutes.
    This is crazy. Head shots and boards are being passed over, but a 2 game suspension for a 2 minute penalty are being handed out.

    • 19inarow - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      He broke Nielsen’s hand. Incredible how ignorant people can be.

      • pfhockey - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        I think it’s incredibly ignorant that people use an injury to warrant a suspension or not. It’s dumb. A boarding is a boarding. A headshot is a headshot. A charging is a charging. Why do you people use injures as a measuring stick for the length of suspensions.

      • dueman - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Because that’s what the NHL does…it’s in the CBA.

  6. pfhockey - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    It’s great to see the Department of safety back to it’s old self, even w/o Shanny making the vids.

  7. killerpgh - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I can kind of understand this suspension due to the broken hand. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I’m not sure its the wrong decision either. It was more than your usual everyday slash (Johnson takes almost a full baseball swing with his stick starting behind his shoulders), caused an injury and and wasn’t an attempt to play the puck. If he doesn’t break his hand/thumb/finger it isn’t even look at. But it slash did and the play got reviewed. That’s the NHL we live with now a days. If you break a rule, injury a player and it appears more than normal “hockey play” there is a pretty good chance it will get the attention of Dept of Player Satey.

    • bcisleman - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      The play warranted a penalty w/o injury. He was given a minor. I’ve seen far less penalized.

  8. sjsharks66 - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    It’s actually; if you break a rule and a player is injured, you are suspended. You can break all the rules you want if they player is not injured.

  9. bcisleman - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Doesn’t seem enough. Nielsen broke his hand and will be out at least a month.

    Johnson should have at least drawn a 2 and 2 and should have drawn 5 games.

  10. bucfanforlife - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    at least he learned one one from bob plager

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