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Shattenkirk suspended for two games

Shattenkirk suspended for two games

Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for launching himself into Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel during Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Los Angeles.

As a result, Shattenkirk, who was assessed a charging penalty on the play, will sit out Sunday’s game in Anaheim as the Caps look to halt a three-game losing streak. He’ll also miss Tuesday’s game against the Western Conference leading Wild at Verizon Center.

The suspension is the first of Shattenkirk’s career and the first for a Washington player this season. The penalty in question came late in the third period and was Shattenkirk’s third minor of the game.

In the video that accompanied the NHL’s announcement of the suspension, the league noted that the 28-year-old blue liner launched himself excessively up and into Gravel and made “significant” contact with Gravel’s head. 

Additionally, the video pointed out, both of Shattenkirk’s skates were “well” off the ice when the contact was made.

Gravel was stunned momentarily by the impact but remained in the game.

With Shattenkirk out, Coach Barry Trotz figures to turn to Nate Schmidt, who had been paired with Brooks Orpik prior to Shattenkirk’s arrival via trade earlier this month.

Shattenkirk has four assists in six games with the Caps.

He’ll also forfeit more than $47,000 in salary as a result of the suspension.

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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