Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been suspended two games for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel.



“I made a bad read on it,” Shattenkirk said of the hit. “I thought he was going to come in at a different angle and I would have a cleaner hit and he went another route and it’s on me at that point to adjust or slow up and not make that hit. More than anything I’m fortunate that he’s not out for a long period of time, or not out at all.

“Unfortunately my hit checked off a few too many boxes in the criteria they use to judge those situations. I think that looking at a lot of other suspensions that have been handed out it seems like that’s kind of a similar amount to what’s been done before.”

Shattenkirk was given a minor for charging on the play by referee Frederick L’Ecuyer. It was the defenseman’s third penalty of the game, a frustrating 4-2 Caps loss.


The penalty and suspension came under Rule 42:

42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice. A minor, major or a major and a game mi


Shattenkirk has four assists and 10 penalty minutes in six games with the Caps.

This is his first suspension, and the first suspension to a Washington player this season. He forfeits $47,222 as a result of the ban.