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Jordan Nolan Suspended For Sucker Punch


The National Hockey League and Department of Player Safety have ruled with an iron fist at times this year, and for Jordan Nolan his actions will cost him a game.

Nolan has been suspended one game for his sucker punch on Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Joensuu.

The play occurred in the Los Angeles Kings end near the crease around Jonathan Quick.  Quick covered up a loose puck in the crease, and Joensuu cross-checked Drew Doughty.

Nolan took exception to this and in the ensuing scrum and gave him a glove punch to the jaw, and then hit the Oilers’ player again as he fell to the ice.

The ruling from the Department of Player Safety made this comment in their explanation video:

“It’s important to note that not only are Joensuu’s arms tied up by the linesman, but that the scrum has essentially ended when Nolan decides to throw this punch,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety said in its explanatory video. “It is perfectly reasonable for Joensuu to expect not to be punched in this situation.”

Nolan will forfeit almost four thousand dollars for sitting out one game (Monday nights contest against the Calgary Flames).  Nolan was fined last year for a cross-check against Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.

Jordan Nolan isn’t afraid to use a sucker punch.  While playing in Juniors, he sat for 20 games for a sucker punch that injured R.J. Mahalak of the Plymouth Whalers, knocking him unconscious and giving him a concussion.  Joensuu was not injured on the play.

This is Nolan’s first suspension in the National Hockey League.

Nolan was for two roughing minors on the play, and Joensuu was penalized for his cross-check on the play as well.  All of this happened with just four seconds remaining in the second period.

Los Angeles is on an eight game winning streak after beating the Calgary Flames last night 3-2 in Calgary.  Jordan Nolan is the son of Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan   Nolan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 186th overall in the seventh round of the 2009 Enry Draft.

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