Scandella suspended two games for hit on Nelson

Minnesota's Marco Scandella was given a minor penalty for this illegal check to the head of New York Islander Brock Nelson.

The NHL Department of Player Safety decided to suspend Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella two games for his high hit on New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson Tuesday night.

Here is the NHL’s explanation for its decision.

Scandella received a two-minute penalty on the play and, as the video explanation notes, he was recently fined $2,755.38 for a similar hit on St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie, the maximum allowed under the CBA.

Here is a video clip of that hit.

The 24-year-old Scandella signed a five-year extension at a $4 million cap hit with the Wild in late November. In 24 games this season he has five goals and nine points.

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