Unlike the Shawn Thornton decision, the NHL suspending Winnipeg Jets forward Anthony Peluso three games comes with less outrage from both sides of the situation. That's because for Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety, the end result was a lay-up.
Here's Patrick Burke explaining the DoPS's decision:
The puck was long gone from Goligoski's possession when Peluso drilled him from behind. The Dallas Stars defenseman didn't make any late, sudden movements to change his body position, so as Burke mentions, it's up to Peluso to change the way he finishes his check. That's been the goal of the DoPS all along: changing player behavior.
Said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff afterward, via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
“Those are the hits you want to get rid of. Let’s be serious, the hit was stupid, it’s something we want to get rid of and there is really no place for it. There were some good hits. Roussel got hit hard a couple times. We hit a guy into the bench. It was a hard-hitting game, there was a lot of emotion in the game. But we don’t have any room for that."
Peluso forfeits $8.653.86 and will be eligible to return Dec. 22 vs. Vancouver.
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