The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham four games for an interference infraction against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
On the play Farnham took a hit from Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk behind the St. Louis net. Afterward, Farnham gets up and takes a run at the nearest player in a blue sweater. That player happened to be Dmitrij Jaskin, who had just passed the puck behind him and was standing straight up and not expecting a hit.
It was an ugly play that appears to stem from nothing more than frustration and emotion on Farnham’s part.
A four-game ban is pretty stiff, especially when you consider the circumstances conspired to keep the suspension to a minimum. Farnham has never been disciplined by the DoPS and Jaskin wasn’t injured on the play
Take a look at the play in the Department’s video below.
Farnham, who was claimed off waivers from the Penguins earlier this season, has played 24 games for the Devils this season (27 total), scoring seven goals and eight points.
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