The NHL announced this morning that Teemu Pulkkinen will be having a conversation with Brendan Shanahan and the League about the boarding penalty and game misconduct he received when he hit Chicago Blackhawk Mike Kostka.
In person hearings are usually only give to players if the pending suspension is going to be over 5 NHL games, which means that Pulkkinen could receive a suspension similar to the one that was handed down to Brendan Smith a couple seasons ago.
Let’s go to the tape to see exactly what happened with Teemu Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen jumped off the bench and headed straight to the Chicago zone to continue to put pressure on the Hawks and saw Kostka take the puck behind the net. Pulkkinen went to lay a heavy hit on Kostka, but a slight turn by Kostka and bad judgement by Pulkkinen turned it into a dangerous hit.
People might look at this hit and say he did not hit him from behind, but a boarding penalty does not have to be a hit from behind, it just has to be a dangerous hit into the boards.
Pulkkinen hit Kostka dangerously and he will receive punishment from the NHL for it. Any punishment would only result in NHL games being missed for Pulkkinen and since he will most likely be spending the entire season in Grand Rapids it might not affect him.
The AHL does have the power to impose a suspension on him as well because of the hit and that very well could happen in this case.
When Brendan Smith received his 8 game suspension by the NHL, the AHL gave him a 3 game suspension and that is most likely what Pulkkinen is looking at as well.
Pulkkinen tried to make his mark early in the game, but he did it in the wrong way and hopefully he will learn from his mistake.