February 22, 2013
Edmonton Oilers' Taylor Hall gets two-game ban for hit

A team trainer tends to Minnesota Wild's Cal Clutterbuck following the hit from Taylor Hall late in the third period of Thursday's game at Rexall Place. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

The Edmonton Oilers will have to make do without one of their top players for a couple of games.

On Friday, Taylor Hall was suspended for two games by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his knee on Minnesota Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck Thursday.

Hall won’t be available to the Oilers when they host the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday afternoon and travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks in the first of a nine-game road trip on Monday.

“We have been informed of the league’s decision to suspend Taylor Hall for two games,” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini in a statement issued by the club. “We respect their decision and will make the appropriate lineup changes for tomorrow’s game against Phoenix.”

Hall caught Clutterbuck cutting across centre ice in the dying minutes of the Wild’s 3-1 win. Clutterbuck attempted to play a bouncing puck with his skate, but had it skip by him when Hall delivered a low hit to the unsuspecting winger.