TAMPA -- Two days after taking a hit to the head that resulted in a three-game suspension for Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly showed no ill effects and bore no ill will.
“Obviously it wasn’t the best of hits and the League did what it needed to,” Connolly said. “They are cracking down on those hits. It’s a fine line. You want to finish your checks but at the same time you know that they are watching and you have to be careful with where your hands and elbows are. You have to be cautious with the person you’re hitting. Players are getting better with it but it’s a tough play. That was a hockey play that maybe went over the line a little bit.”
The hit occurred at the 11:03 mark of the second period during the Thursday night game between The Capitals and the Lightning, won by the Capitals 3-2 in overtime. Green hit Connolly when he was already engaged by Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov.
“I don’t think I feel any different about Green,” Connolly said. “For the most part, he’s a clean player. The game is so fast that sometimes you make a split second decision and it costs you a few games. It looks bad and the League did something about it."