Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ducks' Jarkko Ruutu Suspended One Game By the NHL (Video)

A hearing with the NHL was held this afternoon on the big hit that Jarkko Ruutu put on Marty Erat at the 4:00 mark of the second period of Wednesday's game four between the Predators and Ducks at the Bridgestone Arena.

Initial word from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register was  @icemancometh: Ducks LW Jarkko Ruutu suspended for one game by NHL.

Marty Erat was forced to leave the game with an "upper body" injury and did not make the trip to Anaheim for Friday's game five at the Honda Center. The suspension is really of little consequence to the Ducks since Ruutu is not a key player to them in the way that Erat was to the Predators.

After the jump you can see the video for yourself and read what the league had to say...

From the NHL...

Ducks' Ruutu suspended for one game

TORONTO (AP) - Anaheim Ducks left winger Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for one game by the NHL on Thursday for a late hit on Nashville's Martin Erat on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series.

Ruutu was given a minor penalty for interference on the second-period play in the Ducks' 6-3 victory.

Erat went down immediately and lay on the ice for a few minutes before slowly rising with help. The center went straight to the locker room and didn't return because of an upper body injury.

Ruutu will sit out Game 5 in Anaheim on Friday night. The series is tied 2-2.

Ducks star Bobby Ryan will return from a two-game suspension for stomping on Predators defenseman Jonathon Blum's foot late in Game 2.

More Later...

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