Per the Columbus Dispatch, the NHL has rescinded Savard’s game misconduct and the $200 fine that comes with it. The Blue Jackets’ defenseman was given a five-minute boarding major and tossed during the third period of Thursday’s loss.
As the Dispatch notes, taking away the game misconduct is important — two misconducts in the “physical fouls” category in a 41-game window results in a one-game suspension.
Thursday’s misconduct penalty was Savard’s first of the season.
The league’s decision will probably appease Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella, who didn’t think much of the call.
“It’s certainly not a major,” Tortorella said, per the team website. “I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.”