Blue Jackets' Johnson suspended 3 games for hit on Hurricanes' Tlusty
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has been suspended for three games by the NHL for a hit he delivered to Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty on Tuesday.
As the video explains, Johnson drives up and in on Tlusty with his right shoulder after the Carolina forward had already dished off the puck.
The check was deemed illegal based on the fact that Tlusty's head was the main point of contact.
While Tlusty should expect to be hit on this play, and the hit was not late based on league standards, no player should be subject to the type of elevation that causes his head to be the main point of contact, according to the Department of Player Safety.
Johnson will be eligible to return to action on Nov. 14.