Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s Director of Player Discipline, determined, today, that Warren Peter’s actions in Saturday’s Blues-Wild game warranted a suspension. Late in the third period of the Blues’ 4-0 shutout of the Wild, frustration began to mount for Minnesota.
After a five-minute stretch of chippy play and multiple scrums following frozen pucks, things got heated between the two teams. Blues Captain David Backes checked a Minnesota forward into the boards late in garbage time and, after Wild goaltender Josh Harding froze the puck, was involved in a scuffle with defenseman Warren Peters. Peters didn’t take kindly to Backes’ check and, consequentially, crossed checked him in the side of the head after play was stopped. Backes went down to the ice for several minutes and received treatment from the Blues medical staff.
For his actions, Peters was assessed a five-minute major and a ten-minute game misconduct. He will serve his suspension this Thursday, when the Wild travel to South Florida to take on the Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.