Once Alex Burrows had been penalized for his rough-play with Taylor Hall last night, pretty much everybody knew it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to be suspended as well. The funny thing is that he was not even penalized for kneeing or for a headshot, but the replays clearly show his knee making hard contact with Hall’s head.
It was an extremely dirty play in which it looks like he simply “lost his mind” and made a horrific decision that could have had disastrous results:
Closer look at the knee pic.twitter.com/836fZAeoxY— John Smith (@HabsCorner) February 7, 2018
The NHL did not take this lightly, and they have decided to suspend Burrows for 10 games.
Ottawa’s Alexandre Burrows suspended ten games for serving as an aggressor/ kneeing New Jersey’s Taylor Hall. https://t.co/yNb4Wp7z5A— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 8, 2018
I’m not sure I expected a sentence that harsh considering the league’s odd way of coming up with sentences, but I can’t say I’m upset with it. For one, dirty head shots like that (especially on a defenseless player) should not be tolerated, plus it’s not like Burrows is an integral part of the Senators lineup.
This is one of the few times that Burrows has tried to stir things up in a Senators uniform, but he clearly took it too far. Suffice it to say, he isn’t exactly endearing himself to the fanbase, especially because his performance this year has been extremely lackluster.
This is actually only Burrows’ second suspension in his career, with the previous one being three games back in October 2014.
He is eligible to play on March 2nd at home vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.
Update: He’ll be losing quite a lot of money from this