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Tootoo gets two-game suspension for running Miller

Ryan Miller, Jordin Tootoo

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) fights with Nashville Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo (22), bottom, after being hit during an attempt on goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)


NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo two games for charging Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Let’s go to the video...

One thing the exhaustive breakdown (2:30 in length) fails to mention is the Miller-Lucic incident, which loomed large over this entire scenario. No surprise Shanahan steered clear of Lucic’s contentious hit, but he might’ve made a subtle allusion to it by saying:

“It should be noted that interference on the goalkeeper can be penalized with a minor. There will be times when the contact with the goaltender and the call on the ice will be suitable for the offense.”

(Lucic got dinged two minutes for charging Miller.)

Tootoo will miss games tonight vs. Phoenix and Dec. 8 at Columbus and forfeit $13,513.52 of salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

He will be eligible to return Dec. 10 vs. Anaheim, which is awesome because the Ducks and Predators hate each other.