Wings’ Smith Suspended Five Regular-Season Games
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Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings has been suspended for the remained of the preseason and the first five regular-season games after his illegal hit to the head of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith on Wednesday.
Here’s the description from the other night.
With the game tied, 3-3, early in the third period, Chicago’s Ben Smith carried the puck into the offensive zone and tried to cut across the middle of the ice. At that point Detroit’s Brendan Smith, who is fighting for a roster spot, connected on a hit that resulted in his ejection from the game (as well as a match penalty), while Smith was clearly shaken up and needed assistance in getting off the ice. According to Rule 48, the Match Penalty can be issued if the referee, “in his judgement, feels the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.”