Colton Sissons Won't Be Suspended for High Stick in Game 5 vs. Penguins

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 03: Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The NHL announced Friday that Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons will not be suspended for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final after his involvement in a high-sticking incident in Game 5.

Sissons received a match penalty late in Game 5 for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in the face.

Preds head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters he didn't believe Sissons intentionally checked Maatta high:

"I watched it play out. I saw Maatta cross-check him, Colton cross-checked him back, Maatta cross-checked him again, and they were doing it somewhere in the midsection. On the last one, Maatta seemed to slip and his head dropped. I don't think there was any intention there whatsoever, so—I don't think so, but that's not my call."

Sissons has been a key part of Nashville's deep and varied offensive attack in these playoffs with six goals and six assists for 12 points in 21 games.

During the regular season, the 23-year-old had just eight goals and two assists for 10 points in 58 contests.

Nashville fell 6-0 in Game 5 and will enter Sunday's Game 6 trailing in the series 3-2.

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