New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal has
been suspended two games by the NHL for a hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman
Hanzal received a charging penalty in the first period of Phoenix's 5-4 win on
Saturday after checking Petry into the boards behind Edmonton's net.
In a video explaining the suspension, Brian Leetch noted Hanzal came "from a
distance at considerable speed" and launched himself into Petry, driving his
forearm into the defenseman's head.
Leetch said Hanzal's skates left the ice prior to contact, making the hit a
"The fact that he makes significant contact to the head, and with force,
elevates this charging penalty to a suspension," said Leetch, who works in the
NHL's department of player safety.
Petry wasn't injured on the play, but Leetch said the NHL took into account
prior discipline levied on Hanzal, who was suspended one game during the 2012
Western Conference Finals for checking Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown
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