After the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced his hearing earlier tonight, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon has been suspended one game for slashing Madison Bowey.
San Jose’s Brenden Dillon suspended one game for slashing Washington’s Madison Bowey. https://t.co/P1uhM8mGKQ
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Dillon delivered a two-handed slash to Madison Bowey with only five seconds remaining in the Sharks-Caps meeting, causing Bowey to leave the game.
He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct, and will now serve a one-game suspension that will take him out of the lineup for San Jose’s matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
The NHL explained its decision to suspend Dillon in a video, noting that when he slashed Bowey he was not trying to make his opponent aware of his presence or trying to make a defensive play. The NHL also called the dangerous slash “retaliatory.”
Bowey revealed in an interview on Tuesday that neither his hand nor his wrist were broken as a result of the incident. During the interview, Bowey also shared his thoughts on the play.
“I think it’s just part of the game,” Bowey said of the slash. “I mean it’s not what you hope for going into it, but everything happened so quick, and obviously the way the score was at the time, they probably weren’t too happy with it, so it’s definitely something that happens. Everyone kind of makes mistakes, but it’s all good.”
This suspension will be the first that Dillon has served in the NHL, and leaves San Jose’s defense even more sparse than it already was with Tim Heed and Paul Martin on injured reserve.
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