Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesa suspended for Game 5

May 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla (16) skates after the puck against Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist (27) during the second period of game four in the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 1-0. Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla has been suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal by the NHL for boarding Nashville's Matt Halischuk in the 1st period of Game 4 Friday night. Halischuk was able to return to the game, but was clearly shaken up on the play. I'll have to be honest, I'm a little surprised at the call, as Klesla was given just a two-minute penalty on the play, doesn't have a particularly nasty history, and Halischuk didn't appear to be injured.

Brendan Shanahan's ruling follows:


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