Stanley Cup Playoffs: Shanahan Suspends 3 Players in 1 Night

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Brendan Shanahan speaks with the media prior to the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 14, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Cory DuceyAnalyst IIIApril 17, 2012

The VP of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan had a busy day.

Just before midnight, April 17th, he doled out three suspensions

Arron Asham

Arron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins was given four games for his actions on Philadelphia Flyers Brayden Schenn.

Shanahan explained his decision.

James Neal

Pittsburgh Penguins, James Neal was suspended for his charging hits on two Philadelphia Flyer players, but it seems the call was on his hit on Claude Giroux

Shanahan explained his decision.

Nicklas Backstrom

Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom's Match Penalty was upheld on his high cross check on Boston Bruins' Rich Peverley and was suspended for one game.

Shanahan explained the decision.

Each suspension was explained in detail on the reasoning of each decision and the players involved will have to live with their actions and possible repercussions of said actions.

All of these suspensions could leave repercussions on their respective series.

That makes seven suspension in one week and that already matches last year's entire playoff suspensions.

There will be no doubt both sides of each situation that will be for or against the decisions handed down.

Let the debates begin!

This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean".

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