In the second period of Thursday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Green hit Brett Connolly hard while he was pinned along the boards by Dmitry Orlov. Connolly was already starting to fall, but the principal point of contact was the head. NHL VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan has suspended him for three games for this hit.
You can watch Shanahan’s suspension video below the jump. Then, if you’re still mad, watch this.
Mike Green is not technically considered a repeat offender by the standards of the CBA, since it has been more than 18 months since his last supplementary discipline, but his three-game suspension for elbowing Michael Frolik in 2010 factored into Shanahan’s decision, just as it did with Ovechkin’s suspension earlier in the year.
Green has already missed 47 games with injury this season, and this suspension will round his total out to an exact 50 games missed. He also missed 33 games in the 2010-11 season with various injuries, meaning that he has played in only 69 of the team’s last 147 games.