Shanahan's approach to playoff discipline
March, 21, 2012
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Elise AmendolaAaron Rome was suspended for the rest of the finals last season after his hit on Nathan Horton.It was a moment that changed the course of the Stanley Cup finals last spring. Early on in Game 3, Nathan Horton fed Milan Lucic with a pass and didn't see Aaron Rome waiting at the blue line. Rome stepped up and flattened Horton with a late hit that knocked Horton out. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and eventually diagnosed with a severe concussion that cost him the rest of the series.
Rome didn't play another second the rest of the series, either, kicked out of the game and then suspended four games by Mike Murphy, the league's senior vice president of hockey operations. Before that suspension, there were just three players in NHL history suspended during the finals, each for one game.