Thursday, March 23, 2017

Polak Suspended Two Games for Boarding Bjorkstrand

Toronto defenseman Roman Polak was handed a two-game suspension for his hit on Blue Jackets rookie Oliver Bjorkstrand during Toronto's 5-2 win over the Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Polak, who has never been suspended or fined before, was given a five-minute major and ejected from the game on Tuesday.

The NHL took issue with the fact that Polak was behind Bjorkstrand during his pursuit, and did not see the fact that Bjorkstrand turned into the check at the last moment as a mitigating factor.

After the game Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella did not give an update on his rookie, but it appears that he will not play tonight when the Blue Jackets visit the Capitals in a key Eastern Conference matchup.

That said, tortorella was miffed last night after the play occurred. Bjorkstrand was cut and lay on the ice for several moments before getting to his knees.

Bjorkstrand has been a key callup for Columbus. The 21-year-old Dane has scored six goals and added four assists in 17 games since being called up from Cleveland.