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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Suspended 1 Game

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has been suspended 1 game by the NHL Department of Player Saftey for his check on Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov in game 3. Bellemare received a 5 minute major and game misconduct for the hit.

While going for a puck in the corner of the Capitals zone, Bellemare lowered his shoulder into the back of Orlov, sending him head first into the boards.Seeing nothing but the back of Orlov, Bellemare has absoloutely no excuse for hitting him, who had no time to break his fall or even protect his head, which is where contact was made with the boards. Watching the play over again, Orlov very well could have broken his neck on the play. Luckily for both sides, Orlov was not severely injured on the play, walking away with only a cut on his nose, and even stayed in the game after being checked by team trainers on the bench. Bellemare appeared to be concerned for Orlov after the hit, but both of the players teammates went after each other following the play, resulting in penalties on both sides.

Anytime a player is handed a game misconduct, he is automatically suspended one game unless the NHL deems the play was not worthy of a match penalty. Bellemare received a hearing for the play, but had no extra games added on, most likely because he has no prior history with the leagues safety department. The fact that Orlov stayed in the game and even added an assist later in the game most likely factored into the leagues decision to just hold Bellemare out of game 4 of the series.

The Capitals pulled out the win last night, making the series 3-0, which could mean that Bellemare doesn’t play another game this season, with the chance that the Capitals can pull out the win in game 4 on Wednesday to clinch the series sweep.

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