October 01, 2011
The latest player to get an education on the finer points of the revamped Rule 48: Ryan Malone(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who received a match penalty for a check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli(notes) in a Saturday night preseason game in Quebec City:
The game was marred by yet another ugly incident as Tampa's Ryan Malone leveled Chris Campoli with a shoulder to the head midway through the third period. He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct and will likely be hearing from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan(notes) about a suspension.
Malone told reporters after the game that he had no intention of hitting Campoli in the head and that he expects a call from Brendan Shanahan, NHL VP of Player Safety, which is very astute of him. A quick search didn't turn up any prior suspensions for Malone; which is good news for him, considering Shanahan's tendencies.
Campoli's leaning a bit on the play, but hardly leaned into the hit. It's the kind of check that was legal for the first seven seasons of Malone's career; not so much anymore.