Monday, April 21, 2014
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Jordan Nolan hit injures Rusty Klesla; Suspension for Paul Bissonnette?

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was carted off the ice during Sunday night's split squad exhibition game against the Los Angeles Kings after sustaining a hit from Los Angeles forward Jordan Nolan.

The play occurred around the mid-way mark of the opening frame when Nolan caught Klesla in the head while leaving his feet in executing the open-ice hit, according to multiple accounts.

"It seemed to me like a guy got hit in the head and the player left his feet, but that's not for me to diagnose," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "The league does a good job of those. When they feel like there's a violation committed, they take action. The league will look at it and we'll go from there."

Klesla was able to give the crowd at Arena a thumbs-up while being escorted off the ice.

Nolan was given a two-minute minor for roughing, which was the result of a scrum in response to the hit. Another scrum ensued during Nolan's next shift, which saw Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette leave the bench to engage the Kings forward in a fight. Bissonnette was given a 10-minute game misconduct for leaving the bench and could face supplemental discipline as per the language in Rule 70.10, which would result in a 10-game regular season suspension.

While the game was not televised, the Coyotes have provided the NHL video of the events to be reviewed.

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This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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