Brendan Shanahan has made a ruling regarding Philadelphia Flyers winger Harry Zolnierczyk and his hit on Mike Lundin Saturday afternoon.
Zolnierczyk has been suspended four games for charging.
Shanahan explains in the video (below) that, "Instead of delivering a hard, legal check, he (Zolnierczyk) launches prior to the check making significant contact to Lundin's head. This is charging."
Zolnierczyk was given a five-minute major as well as a game misconduct for the hit.
Shanahan went on to explain the significance of the hit and why the hit on Lundin was illegal:
"In all areas of the ice players still have the responsibility to keep their heads up and expect to be checked. But what no player should expect is that his opponent will launch upward, off the ice and into his head. It's important to note that though Lundin is bracing for the hit and trying to minimize its force by stopping, he does not significantly change his position prior to this illegal check."
Mike Knuble is expected to take Zolnierczyk's place in the lineup. The Flyers will head to New York on Tuesday to take on the New York Rangers.