Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher wanted the NHL to look at Mike Green’s hit on Brett Connolly, and on Friday, it will do just that.
Green has a disciplinary hearing with VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon to discuss the play in question, a league spokesman confirmed Friday morning.
Green was not made available for comment following the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win Thursday night. His hit to the head of Connolly with the upper part of his left arm came at the 11:06 mark of the second period. Dmitry Orlov was rubbing Connolly out of the play along the boards when Green skated in and struck the Tampa Bay rookie and sent him crumpling to the ice.
Green is not a repeat offender in terms of the collective bargaining agreement and how salary is forfeited with suspensions, but Shanahan can still consider the defenseman’s 2010 ban (three games for elbowing Michael Frolik) in the decision-making process.
Team spokesman Sergey Kocharaov said Green would not be made available for comment Friday morning, even after an assurance Thursday night that he would talk to reporters then. The explanation Friday was that Green would not speak before the hearing, but another assurance was made that he would speak Saturday in Boston.
The hearing is set for 1 p.m. The team flight is set to leave at 2:30.
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