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Brendan Shanahan ruled based on the "carelessness" of the play.
They did, and it's about what everyone expected:
Jannik Hansen gets a one-game suspension.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 20, 2013
NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan explained his ruling in the video below:
- Shanahan admits that both players were reaching for the puck, but at a certain point Jannik Hansen gave up this pursuit and changed his intentions.
- Shanahan makes a distinction between the two fists of the players. Hossa's hand remained open and ready to catch the puck, while Hansen's hand closed into a fist as he struck Hossa.
While all of this may occur in a split second, we feel that the carelessness and the force with which the blow was delivered elevate this incident to the level of supplemental discipline.