The Department of Player Safety has handed out some hefty punishment, suspending Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno three games for his hit on Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. As the accompanying video explains:
It is important to note that Foligno is in control of this contact. This is an attempted body check, and cannot be classified as excusable or accidental contact where Foligno raises his arm reflexively to brace for sudden contact or to attempt to avoid a collision. If he wants to deliver this hit, the onus is on Foligno to ensure that he takes an angle of approach that puts him in a position to make a legal, full-body check.
Foligno has not been suspended previously in his 858-game NHL career, which was taken into account in the sentencing. Still, the Blue Jackets will be without their captain for the next three games.
Bellemare meanwhile suffered a concussion on the play and is out indefinitely for the Avalanche, who are dealing with several other injuries up front already.