Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette had a meeting with the NHL’s department of player safety on Thursday afternoon for a boarding incident that took place in Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
That meeting resulted in a one-game suspension for the forward.
Here is a look at the play, as well as the NHL’s explanation for the suspension.
The league notes that Paquette had sufficient time to make a better decision, and that while Krug did turn his body toward the boards while making a play on the puck it was not a case of a player turning his body immediately prior to a hit turning a legal play into an illegal one.
According to the NHL, the onus is on Paquette to deliver a hit in a legal fashion, minimize the force of the hit, or avoid it entirely.
This is the first time Paquette has been fined or suspended in his NHL career.
He was given a two-minute minor for boarding during the game.