As first reported by Chris Johnston, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been suspended three games without pay for a high hit during Thursday's night's victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Green targeted the head with his forearm/elbow on the play against a defenseless Brett Connolly. See video of the hit below.
As you can see, it is hard to blame Brendan Shanahan for taking this course of action. Green has had issues with the supplementary discipline system before, having been banned three games in January of 2010 for an elbow on then Florida Panthers forward Michael Frolik. Below is another video issued by the League, as Shanahan, the VP of Player Safety, explains his decision.
Green's absence will certainly hurt the Caps as they drive for a playoff spot.
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