Nashville Predators right wing Jordan Tootoo believes he did the right thing - and is getting punished for it.
Tootoo was suspended for two games by the NHL for running into Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller during Saturday night's game. He was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct on the play.
"It’s pretty frustrating when you’re trying to do the right thing and you get suspended for it," Tootoo told the Tennessean. "I mean, my intentions were to do all the right things, and when that happens, you get suspended for it. It’s devastating."
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan saw it differently.
"The onus therefore is on Tootoo to avoid, or at the very least, minimize his contact with the goaltender," Shanahan said. "While we believe that Tootoo's motivation on this play was to attempt to score and not to hit Miller, the fact remains that it is the attacking player's responsibility to make a better effort not to crash directly into the opposing goaltender."...