During the first period of last night's loss to the Blackhawks, Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Chicago's Ryan Johnson in the head. Immediately people began calling for a suspension given Bertuzzi's history, but today the NHL decided that no punishment beyond last night's ejection will be handed out.â†µ
Johnson, who had to get stitches on his ear, returned to the game after passing a concussion test. He said that Bertuzzi apologized to him following the first period.
Johnson later told the media inside the Blackhawks’ locker room, "I know it wasn't anything malicious, and he was very apologetic. … He came in here and said, ‘sorry.’"â†µ
Bertuzzi's reputation is that he's a dirty player due to the whole Steve Moore incident seven years ago. Many believe that the hit last night was dirty, but the NHL doesn't seem to think so. You be the judge:â†µ