The NHL announced today that Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been suspended three games for his left arm making contact to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly’s head, which is an illegal hit to the head, in the Caps 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning last night.
For Green, this is his second career suspension. The first came January 30th, 2010 after he elbowed forward Michael Frolik, then of the Florida Panthers, to the head the night before. Green was suspended three games for the Frolik elbow.
Green has played in ten games since his return from abdominal surgery and has yet to get a point. In 20 games this season, Green has three goals and three assists.
This is the second suspension for a Caps player this season, Alex Ovechkin was suspended earlier this year three games for an illegal hit.
Click here for the NHL’s head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s video on why Green got the suspension he did.
The Capitals are in Boston to play the Bruins tomorrow which start a stretch of six of their next seven on the road as they fight for their playoff lives.
Green was not made available for comment following the game last night and wasn’t made available for comment today before the 1pm disciplinary hearing.