The NHL suspends Ryan Hartman thanks to his dirty slew foot on Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat in yesterday's game.
Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman managed to avoid a penalty box visit yesterday afternoon despite his clear involvement in a dirty slew foot on Detroit Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat. However, he didn't evade consequences afterward. The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety disclosed today that Hartman will serve a two-game suspension for his actions, marking the third time in his career that he's faced a suspension.
The incident took place in yesterday's game
Midway through the third period, repeat offender Hartman extended his right leg as he was pursuing forward Michael Rasmussen, catching DeBrincat, who tumbled backward onto the ice. DeBrincat was naturally upset, retaliating against Hartman with a cross check. However, only DeBrincat was whistled for an on-ice infraction and found himself in the penalty box.
Earlier tonight, the suspension was announced for Hartman:
This incident constitutes the second suspension in Hartman's career.
Fortunately, DeBrincat seemed to emerge unscathed from the play, showing no apparent ill effects.
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Yesterday afternoon, Detroit Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat found himself on the receiving end of a slew foot from Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman.
- Despite not receiving a penalty during the game, Hartman's actions earned himself a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety
- Hartman was suspended for Minnesota's next pair of games, marking the 3rd time in his career he's been suspended.
Bottom Line: Minnesota is in shambles
Minnesota's loss to the Red Wings marked their seventh consecutive defeat, leading to the termination of head coach Dean Evason earlier today.
Meanwhile, DeBrincat and the Red Wings have won three straight games and will be looking to make it four in a row on Wednesday against the New York Rangers.