Mike Green Suspended Three Games for Illegal Hit to Brett Connolly’s Head (Video)


March 9, 2012

Mike Green has been Shanabanned.

The Capitals defenseman has been suspended three games without pay for what was deemed to be an illegal hit to the head of Lightning forward Brett Connolly.

The incident occurred at 11:03 of the second period during Thursday's game. Connolly was battling for the puck with Washington's Dmitry Orlov behind the Capitals net when Green came over and delivered the blow. No penalty was assessed on the play, but league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan determined that Connolly's head was the principal point of contact, therefore making a suspension necessary.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Green will forfeit $85,135.14, all of which goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Green will begin serving his suspension when the Capitals take on the Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Check out the hit and Shanahan's explanation of the three-game ban in the video below.

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