Saturday, February 02, 2013

Erskine suspended three games for Simmonds hit

New York, NY  -- The National Hockey League issued a three-game suspension to Washington Capitals defenseman John  Erskine on Saturday for his actions in Friday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Erskine was punished for his hit to the head on Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds late in the first period of a 3-2 Capitals victory. He was not given a penalty on the play, while Simmonds left the game and did not return.

Below is the video explanation for the ruling, given by Brendan Shanahan:

Erskine, a first-time offender, will forfeit $24,324.33 in salary, which automatically goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

He will be eligible to return to action when the Caps host the Florida Panthers on Feb. 9.

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