Habs’ White suspended five games for ‘reckless’ Huskins headshot

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The National Hockey League has suspended Montreal forward Ryan White five games for a blow to the head of Philadelphia’s Kent Huskins.

“As White approaches Huskins, his timing and his route are off,” explained NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. “Instead of making a legal, full bodycheck, he recklessly picks Huskins’ head with his shoulder, making it the principal point of contact.”

Here’s the video ruling:

White, 25, was tossed from the contest and offered an in-person disciplinary hearing for the hit. The Flyers later reported that Huskins suffered a concussion on the play.

The suspension matches the longest of this season, tied with the five games Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta received for boarding Rangers forward Brad Richards on Mar. 4.

White will miss Montreal’s games against Pittsburgh (Apr. 17), Tampa Bay (Apr. 18), Washington (Apr. 20), New Jersey (Apr.23) and Winnipeg (Apr. 25), eligible to return for the regular-season finale against Toronto on Apr. 27.

He will also forfeit $18,581.10 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.