Klesla suspended one game
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI AGENCY
|Rostislav Klesla, of the Phoenix Coyotes, will miss a game after being suspended for a hit on Predators forward Matt Halischuk in Game 4 of their second round series. (GETTY)
The Phoenix Coyotes will be without defenceman Rostislav Klesla for Game 5 of their second-round series against the Nashville Predators Monday night.
Klesla was suspended one game for his boarding infraction on Predators forward Matt Halischuk seven minutes into Game 4.
Klesla grabbed the back of Halischuk’s sweater and shoved him into the boards in front of the Coyotes bench. He was given a minor penalty on the play.
“This is not a case where Halischuk tries to reverse hit or stops short to try to protect the puck and gets run over by a player with more leverage and momentum,” said NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan after handing down his decision. “Another significant distinction is Halischuk does not make himself vulnerable just prior or simultaneously with the contact from Klesla.
“On this hit, Halischuk becomes unable to defend himself when Klesla grabs his jersey and tugs him backward.”
Klesla was suspended once previously for a clipping infraction five years ago.
The fact Halischuk was shaken up, but returned to play was taken into consideration, said Shanahan.
David Schlemko, who has averaged over 17 minutes a game in the two playoff games he has played, will probably go into the lineup to replace Klesla.