Friday, April 15, 2011

Video: Jarret Stoll Drives Ian White Head First Into Boards, Suspension Coming?

Late in the first period of Game 1 in San Jose, Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll drove Sharks defender Ian White into the boards head first with an elbow from behind.  No penalty was called on the play, but it was clearly one where a boarding penalty should have been assessed.  White was helped off the ice wobbly and did not return to the game with what is almost certainly a concussion.  The question now is whether Stoll will be suspended for the hit?

Here's the video:

It is unclear if the NHL will suspend him for the play, but Colin Campbell and the NHL offices will certainly take a look at the hit before Game 2 and see if that supplemental discipline is warranted.  The fact that he is not a repeat offender and the genuine look of remorse from Stoll immediately after the play happened are likely to help Stoll's case, but expect him to still miss one game.