One of the Jets’ most effective defensemen will not be on the ice for Game 5 Friday in Winnipeg when the team tries to clinch its first-round, best-of-seven series against the Wild after going up 3-1. Defenseman Josh Morrissey had a hearing with the NHL Department of Safety Wednesday for his cross-check to center Eric Staal during the Jets’ 2-0 win Tuesday in Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center. He was given a one-game suspension. “It’s warranted,” coach Bruce Boudreau said of the hearing, explaining he thought Tuesday night the play was worthy of a suspension. “I’m not up here trying to be gamesmanship to get the league to call extra stuff. It is what it is, though. It was a vicious cross-check to the face.” The incident happened late in the first period while the Wild was on a power play. As Staal was posted up in the slot, Morrissey cross-checked him in the neck. Staal fell to the ice and struggled to get to his feet before skating gingerly to the bench.
Winnipeg's Josh Morrissey suspended for Game 5 vs. Wild
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Apr 18