By Jenny Masters
The NHL issued a two-game suspension to Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for his hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mark Friedman.
Gostisbehere was assessed a two-minute penalty for cross-checking after he shoved Friedman moments after Friedman added an empty-net goal with 4 minutes and 7 seconds left in what ended up a 7-3 Penguins’ victory in Philly on Tuesday.
In a message posted to the verified Twitter account of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, Gostisbehere’s hit was referred to as “boarding.”
Friedman fell and crashed into the boards. But he suffered no apparent injury on the play.
The suspension will cost Gostisbehere $77,586.
Flyers fans have every right to yell about the hypocrisy of Wilson getting off with a fine one day while Gostisbehere is suspended for two games the next, though. That's the door that the NHL and DoPS opened up.
— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) May 5, 2021