Mike Green will face a disciplinary hearing Friday afternoon and could be suspended for his hit to the head of Tampa Bay forward Brett Connolly in the second period of the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win on Thursday.
At the 11:06 mark of the second period, Green drove the upper portion of his left arm and shoulder into Connolly’s head. Connolly had already been checked and tied up along the boards by Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov before Green entered the play.
No penalty was assessed on the play, but the hit included two elements of emphasis for Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s vice president of player safety, when weighing the option of discipline.
Connolly’s head was the principal point of contact and he was in a vulnerable position, unable to protect himeslf, as he was pinned to the boards by Orlov prior to Green entering the play. It’s possible Green could face a suspension for the hit.
Green has been suspended once before in his career. In January 2010, he received a three-game ban for elbowing then-Florida forward Michael Frolik.