On Tuesday, Winnipeg Jets winger Michal Frolik received a call to let him know he’d be part of the Czech Olympic hockey team.
On Wednesday, he’ll be hoping his phone doesn’t ring. If it does, there’s a good chance Brendan Shanahan will be on the other end of the line.
Frolik may be facing supplemental discipline after boarding Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nate Thompson. With the game tied at two midway through the third period, Frolik hit Thompson from behind, driving his head awkwardly into the boards.
Thompson heads to trainers room after hitting head on boards after hit from Frolik. #Bolts respond w/ game-leading goal from St. Louis on PP
— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) January 8, 2014
The Jets forward was given a two-minute minor on the play. Thompson was injured but did return later in the game.
The Lightning were quick to take advantage of the penalty, scoring the go-ahead goal on the power play en route to a 4-2 victory.
It’s surprising to see Frolik receive only a two-minute minor on the play. The Rangers’ Chris Krieder was hit with five and a game for a much less dangerous hit on Fedor Tyutin on Monday night. For all the penalties Greg Kimmerly and Marc Joannette handed out in a game that was nearly out of control, it’s shocking that they chose to be lenient on this play.
2 min minor for frolik??? Could of been a 5 min major for boarding on Thompson. #dangerous
— Chris Dingman (@dingdish) January 8, 2014
Frolik is a first-time offender, so I wouldn’t expect much. He probably should sit for 2 games, based on what we’ve seen from the Department of Player Safety this season. The lack of significant injury helps his case. So does the fact that Thompson appeared to turn his body right before the hit, contributing to the problem by placing his body in a dangerous position. We’ll have to see how much Shanahan weighs Thompson’s last-second move.