Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for one game—tomorrow’s Game 7 against the Lightning—for his hit on Nikita Kucherov. The Department of Player Safety’s video explanation is above.
I’m kind of shocked! Not that Kronwall made a dangerous hit in which he left his feet to take out a player with his head down—he’s been doing that for nearly a decade. I am surprised that the first career suspension for Kronwall was handed down for a Game 7, almost as if the NHL is going out of its way to pretend it doesn’t police the playoffs differently.
Our post from this morning on Kronwall’s hit is below.