According to general manager Paul Holmgren, Flyers forward Jody Shelley has been suspended two games for his hit on Boston Bruins’ Adam McQuaid, in Saturday’s 2-1 Philly victory. Shelley will miss Tuesday’s home contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Wednesday in Montreal versus the Canadiens.
Nikolay Zherdev is expected to be re-activated in his place, with Dan Carcillo taking up fourth-line duties.
Shelley, 34, was racing down an icing touch up, when he pushed on the back of McQuaid, who lost an edge and went into the boards head first. Shelley received a five-minute major and game misconduct. After being helped off, McQuaid returned and finished the game.
The NHL has strict rules regarding contact on a touch icing and Shelley’s offense was textbook.
Shelley, acquired by the Flyers as a free agent in the offseason, has one goal, two assists and 73 penalty minutes in 31 games.