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Capitals defenseman John Erskine on his 3-game suspension

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In 11 years in the NHL, Capitals defenseman John Erskine had never been suspended and he had been fined just once. He thought – hoped – that would earn him some leeway when Brendan Shanahan , the NHL’s vice president of player safety, reviewed Erskine’s elbow of Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds during a game last Friday. No such luck. Instead, Shanahan suspended Erskine for...