As it turns out, St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole will spend three games watching his teammates play thanks to his hit to the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. Per the NHL:
Blues defenseman Ian Cole has been suspended for three games for delivering an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during NHL Game #563 in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.
The incident occurred at 9:11 of the first period. A minor penalty for illegal check to the head was assessed on the play. Cole will miss games: Jan. 3 vs. Phoenix, Jan. 5 vs. Edmonton and Jan.7 vs. Colorado. He will be eligible to return Jan. 10 at Montreal.
Here’s the suspension video…
And if you want the play-by-play, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford provides it:
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