NHL upholds Rasmus Andersson’s four-game suspension

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Rasmus Andersson will be serving the entirety of his four-game suspension.

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The Calgary Flames defenceman had appealed the punishment that he was handed by the NHL for a hit on Patrik Laine at the very end of his team’s loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last Friday. On Tuesday afternoon, the NHL announced the suspension had been upheld.

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“As Mr. Laine was releasing the puck, Mr. Andersson launched into a high, hard check delivered to Mr. Laine which caused injury,” the NHL’s ruling on the appeal said. “The hit was delivered with Mr. Andersson’s elbow and resulted in significant contact to Mr. Laine’s head.”

According to the ruling, Andersson acknowledged that the hit was “not perfect” and took responsibility.

He missed Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Red Wings, and will now miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Rangers, Thursday’s matchup with the St. Louis Blues and Sunday’s Heritage Classic against the Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

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