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A Match Penalty

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26304

21.1 Match Penalty - A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.
A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.

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In addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue. See also Rule 29 Supplementary Discipline.

Under rule 28.1 "If an investigation is requested by a Club or by the League on its own initiative, it must be initiated within twenty-four (24) hours following the completion of the game in which the incident occurred."

Now what that means, If a player takes a match penalty he is suspended for the remainder of the game and a 5 minute penalty is served. Furthermore an investigation by the league is initiated and must be completed within 24 hours of the incident all the while the player is indeffinitally suspended from play while a decision by the league is made.

In theory staal should be indefinitely suspended for a least one game until a decision is made from the league within the given time frame.

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