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NHL Dishes 2-Game Suspension for Gostisbehere After Hit on Friedman

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Pittsburgh Penguins Mark Friedman, Shayne Gostisbehere Philadelphia Flyers suspension

The NHL and NHL Department of Player Safety handed Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere a two-game suspension for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman after Friedman scored an empty-net goal late in the Penguins 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

The Department of Player Safety also released a video explaining the decision. In the video, the DoPS made note that Shayne Gostisbehere was not making a defensive play.

“It is important to note this is not a defensive play in which Gostisbehere is attempting to reach the puck carrier to prevent a goal from being scored,” the narration said. “It is only after the empty-net goal is apparent that Gostisbehere adjusts his skating path, takes a hard stride to reach Friedman, and begins to initiate this contact.”

The goal occurred with nearly four minutes remaining but gave the Penguins a 6-3 lead. Friedman was the subject of Philadelphia’s attention for much of the game. Mark Friedman, whom the Penguins claimed off waivers from the Flyers in February, has played in four games this season for the Penguins–all four against Philadelphia.

In those four games, Friedman has two goals and one assist. The Penguins d-man also fought Philadelphia forward Joel Farabee in the second period on Tuesday night. Friedman was also injured against the Flyers on March 4. First, Flyers center Nolan Patrick aggressively boarded Friedman minutes after the defenseman scored his first NHL goal. Later, Friedman left the game after he suffered the worst after an attempted hard-open ice hit on Patrick

From the NHL DoPS Video:

“And it is significantly after the puck enters the net, well past the time Friedman should reasonably expect and prepare for contact, that the shove is delivered,” the NHL video said. “Further, the shove is delivered at an extremely dangerous distance to the boards while both players are traveling with speed.

This is an intentional shove to the back of a player delivered at speed who is not adequately positioned to protect himself, putting him dangerously into the end boards.”

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Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
4 months ago

The league is proving that they are a joke. If Ghost deserves 2 then the asshole thug wilson deserves 20.

Jeff Arnold
Jeff Arnold
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

I agree 100%. This play deserved discipline but nothing to Wilson is a disgrace (I watched this video and kept thinking how a similar vid about the Wilson situation would sound). I hope the Pens don’t play them in the first round. If there’s an elimination game not in the Caps favor look out.

David
David
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

Yep. Should have been given at least 5 games, maybe 10 — based on his history. But the NHL doesn’t want to hurt any team for the playoffs, which is absurd. So the Philly guy gets games, and Wilson gets none. Wilson will eventually end someone’s career.

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