SHANABANNED: Nate Thompson gets two games for vicious elbow

Sunday March 31st, 2013

By Allan Muir

If the NHL's Department of Player Safety updates their instructional videos over the summer, Nate Thompson might want to request a copy for posterity. There's a better than zero chance the Tampa Bay forward will have a starring role.

Thompson was dinged Saturday afternoon for two games after delivering a textbook head shot on New Jersey's Matt D'Agostini on Friday night.

Hard to believe he was able to mount much of a defense. The case was a clear violation of Rule 48. As Sheriff Shanny noted, Thompson "recklessly target[ed] D'Agostini's head by extending up and making it the principle point of contact."

The evidence was pretty damning -- I mean, Thompson was eyeing his target all the way and clearly had the chance to use the body instead of throwing a brutally obvious elbow -- but D'Agostini wasn't hurt on the play. And since that element clearly weighs heavily in all DPS deliberations, there wasn't going to be a book thrown today. Not sure a message has been sent here, but it was far from the dirtiest hit of the year. Since five of the previous 12 suspensions this season have gone for a pair of games, this call is probably just about right.

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