Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine is displeased with Brendan Shanahan's classification and punishment of his hit on Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds.

The NHL discipline czar suspended Erskine three games for what was deemed a "reckless elbow" — one that knocked Simmonds from Friday's game and gave the Flyers forward a concussion.

"I don't think it was a reckless play or a reckless elbow," Erskine told the Washington Times. "I wasn't flying down the ice a hundred miles an hour with my elbow up in the air.

"That's what [Shanahan] called it, and I gotta live with it."