See NHL’s explanation for Stars forward Jamie Benn’s 2-game suspension for cross-checking

Stars captain Jamie Benn was suspended by the NHL for two games on Wednesday for his actions during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Benn was ejected for cross-checking Vegas captain Mark Stone Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The ejection was part of a disastrous early sequence for the Stars that saw goaltender Jake Oettinger chased away after allowing three goals. Benn didn’t meet with reporters following the contest, but he took part in a news conference Wednesday morning before meeting with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Jamie Benn doesn’t offer much enlightenment on Stars leader’s ejection-causing cross-check

If the term of Benn’s suspension is not fully served during the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, the remaining game will be served at the beginning of the 2023-24 regular season.

“Unfortunate play,” Benn said Wednesday. “I think I just need to be more responsible with my body [and] my stick. I put my team in a tough situation, so that’s pretty unfortunate.

He later said: “Obviously, I would have liked to not fall on him and, I guess, use my stick as a landing point.”

Here’s the league’s explanation on Benn’s two-game suspension:

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