Should Gudbranson be suspended for hit on Fehr?

Should Gudbranson be suspended for hit on Fehr?
December 14, 2013, 12:00 am
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Troy Brouwer fights Erik Gudbranson after cheap shot

There is one thing we know for sure about Erik Gudbranson’s shoulder to the head of Eric Fehr in the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers Friday night in Sunrise, Fla.

Because Gudbranson was issued a match penalty, the play will get an automatic review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

There are a few things the NHL will be reviewing before deciding if a suspension is warranted.

First, is Fehr’s head being targeted as the primary point of contact? Video replays show Gudbranson’s right shoulder making direct contact with Fehr’s head.

Second, is Fehr carrying the puck or is it considered a late hit? Replays show Fehr was in control of the puck but was not looking up the ice at the point of contact.

Third, did Gudbranson leave his feet to make contact? Replays show he did.

And, finally, was Fehr injured on the play? Fehr left the game for the final 3:44 of the second period but returned to finish the third period and scored a goal in the shootout.

Taking into account all of that criteria, a conservative estimate would be a two-game suspension, although five games is not out of the question.

Your thoughts on supplementary discipline? And what are your thoughts on Troy Brouwer immediately taking on Gudbranson?

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