Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck has seemingly avoided a major injury after taking a lethal knee-on-knee hit from Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall Thursday night, but Hall won't be avoiding suspension.
The NHL announced a two-game ban for Hall, the first of his young career, after a vicious hit on Clutterbuck in Thursday's 3-1 Minnesota win in Edmonton. Hall, who has given a major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing, led with his knee and applied a punishing hit to Clutterbuck, who was moving away from the puck when Hall hit him near center ice. Clutterbuck had to be helped off the ice and couldn't put any weight on his left leg.
"Although this play happens quickly, Hall is in control of himself and in control of this hit," said Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety in a video released by the league. "He makes the decision to step up and deliver a low check on a player who is not engaged with him whatsoever."
Wild coach Mike Yeo said Friday ...