As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Fabbro’s ban will cost him $15,948.28, which benefits the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Fabbro committed the infraction midway through the second period with Nashville holding a 2-0 lead. His minor penalty began a Predators’ parade to the penalty box that resulted in two Hurricanes power play goals. Jordan Staal would later win it in the extra period for a 3-2 victory.
“I thought it was a tough hit,” Staal said afterward. “Brock’s our toughest guy on the team and when he goes down you know it’s not a good feeling. Our power play wanted to get one for him and I thought it got us momentum.”
“I honestly don’t understand what the rules are,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said Thursday. “If that isn’t [a five-minute major] I don’t know what is. It’s a clear elbow to the head as far as I can see. I would assume that would be a major penalty.”
Nashville is already without Ryan Ellis for another month, and captain Roman Josi is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Losing Dante Fabbro would put even more strain on the Predators’ blue line.