Brendan Shanahan is back.
With his first decision of the season, the NHL's head disciplinarian has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn one game for his hit on Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils in Tuesday night's game.
We'll let Shanahan explain his reasoning in this video.
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Schenn clearly left his feet and made contact with Volchenkov's head, two things the league has been working towards getting rid of in recent years. Shanahan also said Schenn charged on the play, a claim that Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey disagrees with. While Schenn didn't take the necessary amount of strides to constitute a charge, Shanahan notes that he left his feet, which he says falls under the same penalty.
This is Schenn's first suspension, and he has never been fined, which likely worked in his favor in making this just a one-game suspension. Volchenkov was also not injured on the play, which helped Schenn's case a bit as well.