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Sports Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo facing player safety hearing

19:55  24 november  2019
19:55  24 november  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Robert Bortuzzo will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday. The St. Louis Blues defenseman is facing discipline for cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson on Saturday. Bortuzzo received a minor penalty for cross-checking at 6:08.

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will face a hearing for cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson on Saturday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety Viktor Arvidsson injured after taking two nasty cross-checks from Robert Bortuzzo pic.twitter.com/v8jVySeoab

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Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson celebrated his 300th career NHL game with just 4:15 of ice time. While he managed to record an assist in that brief period, he left the game early in the first period with a lower body injury as a result of repeated cross-checks from St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo

Bortuzzo received a two-minute minor on the play, even though each of the two cross-checks likely deserved its own penalty. 

However, the league will make up for that on-ice error. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Saturday night that Bortuzzo will sit for a hearing. It has been scheduled for Sunday, ensuring that there is a decision before he could potentially face the Predators again on Monday night.

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Robert Bortuzzo of the St. Louis Blues is now aware of this after and is under scrutiny for a hit on Saturday. The defenseman cross-checked Nashville Following the hearing on Sunday, the NHL made it known that Bortuzzo will actually be suspended for four games based upon his illegal play .

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will be sitting for the next four games as he serves a suspension for cross-checking Nashville's Victor Arvidsson on Saturday night. The league's department of player safety announced the suspension on Sunday and said the nature of Bortuzzo 's predatory

The play in question occurred six minutes into Saturday night’s game (video). Arvidsson, standing in the St. Louis crease as the puck was loose in front of the net, initially receives a forceful check from behind from Bortuzzo, pushing him into the net. Bortuzzo turns and complains to the refs about how easily Arvidsson went down, even though the forward was completely blindsided by a hit from a much bigger player.

Bortuzzo then turns back to Arvidsson and hits him with another cross check as he is trying to get up, one that is arguably harder and more dangerous, and certainly more intentional. Arvidsson appears to feel this second check even more. For good measure, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington then shoves Arvidsson back into the goal again, although Binnington is not expected to receive any discipline.

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St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended four games for his cross-check of Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson. Robert Bortuzzo , who elbowed Washington's Michal Kempny in the head on Tuesday, was suspended after a hearing by the NHL player safety board.

Blues ' Robert Bortuzzo : Delivers six hits in win. by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire. Bortuzzo set up Alexander Steen's opening tally at 7:53 of the first period. The defenseman has two points in the last two games, doubling his season total to four points in 28 outings overall. the 30-year-old obviously is

Few will be surprised to see Bortuzzo’s name linked to a player safety incident. The overly aggressive defender is a repeat offender, with his most recent suspension coming last year after an elbow to the head of Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny. Bortuzzo lost two preseason games and one regular-season game for that incident and the league will likely want to dole out a harsher penalty for this latest infraction. 

Bortuzzo has made his career off of being the biggest and toughest player on the ice, but has been known to lose his cool and end up in the penalty box or in trouble with the league. This was a case of Bortuzzo purposefully committing a dangerous penalty against an opponent with the intent to injure. As such, Player Safety may choose to send a message to a player who clearly has yet to learn his lesson. Expect a suspension of at least two games for the St. Louis blue liner this time around.

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Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo agreed to a two-year, .3 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. "He's been here, he's got a great character and guys are always pulling for him," general manager Doug Armstrong said of Bortuzzo , who's on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

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