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Despite confusion to the contrary, Carl Hagelin's three-game suspension will stand regardless of Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson's status for Game, VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Shanahan appeared on WFAN's Boomer and Carton show Monday morning to discuss the supplementary discipline handed down following a vicious battle between the Rangers and Senators in Game 3.
When asked if he would change his opinion if Alfreddson "miraculously" returned Monday night, Shanahan said "I think that's a possibility," but was clearly referring to Alfredsson's possible return, not the potential lessening of Hagelin's sentence.
As for the discrepancy between Hagelin's three-game ban for the elbow that forced Alfredsson from the game and the one-game suspension assessed to Ottawa's Matt Carkner for pummeling Brian Boyle, Shanahan said:
"The biggest difference is there is a head injury and concussion on one and no injury on the other."
Shanahan said he was told by the Senators medical staff that Alfredsson could miss "one day or one year." His status remains uncertain for tonight, although his teammate Erik Karlsson announced him as a "game-time decision."
As far as Ottawa's Chris Phillips' hit on Ryan Callahan, Shanahan said he did not feel that the two plays were comparable. He called Phillips' blow a "shoulder check to the body," with subsequent contact to the the head.
In response to the anger that the two plays were not dealt with even-handedly -- the Rangers indirectly alluded to this with a statement Sunday night that the team was "thoroughly perplexed" by the league's "inconsistency" -- Shanahan said the incidents were not viewed in a similar light.
"Not even remotely the same degree," Shanahan said of the Phillips hit.
Stay tuned for more today from Scotiabank Place...