Nashville Predators' defenseman Shane O'Brien was suspended for two games by the NHL in their supplemental discipline program. The statement released by the league was short, to the point, and gave no details as to the infraction.
Initially, Predator fans appeared to be puzzled as to when the incident ooccured as no penalty for high sticking was accessed to O'Brien during the contest. He did receive a penalty for slashing Michael Frolik at 2:12 in the second period, but that was unrelated.
Video has surfaced on YouTube courtesy of Broad Street Hockey that indicates that the incident occurred in the closing seconds of the opening period.
Here is the statement released by the Predators...
PREDATORS’ O’BRIEN SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES
TORONTO (January 14, 2011) – Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $39,024.40 in salary for a high-sticking incident against Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers in NHL game #650, January 13, the National Hockey League announced today.
O’Brien, who was suspended for one game on November 3, 2009, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
O’Brien will miss both of Nashville’s weekend games -- a home and home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass