Did Jamie Benn's 'ridiculous' explanation of his game misconduct lead to a longer suspension?


On Wednesday afternoon, the NHL suspended Stars forward Jamie Benn for Thursday night's win-or-go-home game at the American Airlines Center and for a potential Game 5 after he was ejected early in the first period of Game 3 for cross-checking Vegas captain Mark Stone near his head while Stone was on the ice.

When speaking with the media before the suspension was announced, Benn attempted to paint an alternative picture of how he saw the play unfold.

"Obviously, didn't want to take a five-minute penalty, but when the game happens fast, emotions are high. Obviously, I would've liked to not fall on him, and I guess use my stick as the landing point," Benn said.

The NHL didn't buy that excuse and described the incident as an "unnecessary and dangerous decision by Benn" when they handed down the two-game suspension.

Shan, RJ and Bobby discussed the NHL's decision on Thursday's show and wondered if Benn's 'ridiculous' explanation lead to him getting more than a one-game suspension.

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