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.
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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