St. Louis Blues Netminder Jordan Bennington received a two-game suspension and will lose nearly $65,000 in his average annual salary after being ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild for punching forward Ryan Hartman in the face.
The 29-year-old was sent off after a penalty was assessed during the second period of the Blues’ 8-5 loss to… wild after he let go of the crease and hit Hartman in the face with his blocker after Hartman’s powerful goal.
The incident led to a massive pile-up and even knocked wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury out of the net, but officials separated the two before a secondary brawl broke out.
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On his way to celebrate with his colleagues, [Hartman] making light, occasional contact with Bennington, who was sliding from his crease towards Hartmann,” NHL Player Safety Division He said in a video explaining the ruling.
“With play long over, and as the Wild celebrate their goal, Binnington leaves his crease area, approaches unsuspecting Hartman and his teammates, raises his blocker and holds levelheaded and slams Hartman in the face with the blocker.”
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The league announced that Pennington was suspended Thursday for two games without pay and will forfeit $64,864.86 in his average annual salary.
Pennington said Friday he was hoping to get less of his two-match suspension, adding that he did not believe he had made contact with Hartmann.
He said, “I used to repeat that he knows how to decorate a play.” “I’ve watched the video so many times, and I’ve never made contact with him.”
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The Blues called up Joel Hoover in Bennington’s absence. He will make his third NHL appearance on Friday vs Washington Capitals.
“I’ve been waiting for the call all year,” Hoover said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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