Wild's Scandella suspended two games for illegal hit to the head

BY foxsports • December 10, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during Minnesota's 5-4 win Tuesday night.

Scandella will forfeit $11,021.50, according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

In the third period Tuesday, Scandella hit Nelson with his shoulder in the neutral zone. Scandella was given a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

The league determined that the main point of contact was Nelson's head, Nelson's jaw absorbed the brunt of the blow and that the head contact was avoidable.

The league also noted that Scandella was penalized and fined last week for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

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