Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will reportedly not be suspended by the NHL for his hit on Calgary Flames‘ defenseman Mark Giordano in last Saturday’s tilt – according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
#pens were told Bortuzzo would not receive additional discipline from match penalty
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) January 14, 2014
Immediately following the hit, Flames’ forward Mike Cammalleri initiated a scrum, and Bortuzzo was given a match penalty for making contact with Giordano’s head.
Head coach Dan Bylsma felt as though the penalty wasn’t necessary, and backed Bortuzzo up. Here’s what he had to say – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website:
“Puck was on the end of Giordano’s stick coming up the wall in front of the penalty box and Robert steps up for a hit. That’s what I think it was. Just a clean it.”
The good news is that Bortuzzo will be available for Wednesday’s game, and won’t be punished. Had he been, Bortuzzo would have joined defenseman Deryk Engelland and forward James Neal as the third player to be suspended this season.
Engelland and Neal were banished for separate incidents.
In 29 games this season, Bortuzzo has collected four assists and leads the team with 49 penalty-minutes.