HSJ in the morning: Blashill, Bertuzzi believe Larkin won’t face suspension

The Free Press’s Helene St. James posted a recap of last night’s 7-6 OT loss to Tampa Bay this morning, focusing on the team’s take as to whether Dylan Larkin might be suspended for his match penalty:

“Dylan was playing good,” Blashill said. “You certainly wish he would stay in the game. Dylan is coming off what he’s coming off with the injury, and he gets hit from behind into the boards so he’s going to be upset. At best, I thought they were probably both two-minute penalties. But that’s the way they called it.”

The NHL automatically reviews match penalties to determine if further disciplinary action is warranted. Joseph went to the dressing room, but returned to the ice.

Blashill shared his opinion on that: “A punch with a glove on? Maybe I’m old-school. I don’t think I am. There’s lots of punches without gloves on. I think it’s way different if a guy hits a guy with his glove off than with his glove on. I’d be surprised, but I’m not the NHL.”

Bertuzzi called it a “tough play.”

“The league will look at it,” Bertuzzi said. “He’s a big part of this team, and we missed him. It was good to see that all lines were going, all were contributing. We were very close. It’s good to come away with a point.”

Continued (paywall); if you missed the fracas, here it is:

Update: For what it’s worth, TSN’s Craig Button is calling for a 2-game suspension

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