In Saturday night’s 6-5 win for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Colorado Avalanche, Avs defenseman Erik Johnson delivered a brutal slash onto the arm of Bolts forward Vladislav Namestnikov and then cross checked him head first into the end boards. It was a dangerous play that earned Johnson 17 minutes in penalties, including a game misconduct.
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Late last night, NHL Player Safety came down hard on Johnson, issuing him a two game suspension.
What do you think? Is this a fair punishment. Given that Namestnikov was so vulnerable on the play and that Johnson showed no regard for his opponent’s body, we were expecting a 4 or 5 game suspension out of this. What’s your call?