Rangers confused about Hagelin’s three game suspension

The NHL has ruled that New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin be suspended three games for elbowing Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson in the head during game two of the playoffs.

The violent hit, with 10:23 left in the second period, knocked Alfredsson out of the game and resulted in the first major penalty of Hagelin’s career, according to The Washington Post.

“After Alfredsson chips the puck up the boards, Hagelin continues on his path and finishes his check with his arms high, recklessly striking Alfredsson in the side of head with his elbow,” the NHL’s head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said.

Upon hearing about Hagelin’s three game sentence, the Rangers front office stated that they would not appeal the decision, but expressed their frustration in the league’s lack of consistency with their punishments.

“The New York Rangers accept the NHL’s three-game suspension of Carl Hagelin and will not pursue an appeal,” the Rangers said in a statement. “However, we are thoroughly perplexed in the ruling’s inconsistency with other supplementary discipline decisions that have been made throughout this season and during the playoffs.”

One such example was game one of the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators playoff matchup.  During the game, Predators defenseman Shea Weber delivered a vicious blow to the head of Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, however, Weber was only slapped with a $2,500 fine.

The Rangers are knotted up at one a piece with the Senators and will head into game three on Monday without Hagelin, who has netted 14 goals and 24 assists in his rookie NHL season.

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