by Amy Moritz
Philadelphia center Zac Rinaldo was suspended for four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.
The hit came at 4:29 of the third period in Sunday's game. Rinaldo was given a match penalty for a hit to the head after he took out Ruhwedel who had just released a shot from the blueline.
In describing the offense in the NHL video, director of player safety Patrick Burke said that Rinaldo had a "poor angle of approach and does not make full body contact. Instead he launches into Ruhwedel with force, picking his head and making it the main point of contact."
Ruhwedel suffered a concussion on the play. Earlier today, Sabres coach Ted Nolan didn't say a whole about his feelings for a Rinaldo suspension.
“The league will take care of that but they’ve seen the same thing we’ve all seen so I’m quite sure they’ll do what’s required,” Nolan said.