For Taylor Hall, it was like getting summoned to the principal’s office.
The Edmonton Oilers forward was called onto the carpet by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and then handed a two-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota Wild agitator Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday.
Hall will serve the second game of the suspension Monday when the Oilers take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of a nine-game road trip.
“It’s tough to take, it really sucks being out of the lineup and it’s a weird feeling being out of the lineup when you’re not hurt,” Hall said prior to departing with the team to Chicago. “I respect the league’s decision and Shanahan’s decision to do that. When I come back hopefully I’ll be better.”
Hall had a conference call with Shanahan Friday afternoon to discuss the play and present his side of the story.
The ruling came down a few hours later, forcing the Oilers winger to sit out Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes.