Florida Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk served two games

Florida Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk served two games

Florida panthers come in Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for biting Los Angeles Kings porter Jonathan Quick in the face with his cane on Saturday night.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will lose $102,702.70. The money will go to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 19:22 of the third period, with the Panthers leading the Kings 5-4. Florida defense Brandon Montour took a shot from the point that Quick covered. Tkachuk was near the crease and nailed the Kings goalie in the mask with his stick.

Tkachuk received a two-minute minor penalty for goaltender interference and a 10-minute misconduct penalty. The Kings won the game 5-4.

“While we heard Tkachuk’s argument that he was not intentionally aiming for Quick’s face in an attempt to make him, he intentionally used his stick to hit an opponent in the head, making contact with his face,” he said. say the Department of Player Security in its opinion.

The NHL agreed that the stick was not delivered with substantial force, but said “it was only because of that lack of force that the play was not met with more severe discipline.”

It is the third career suspension for Tkachuk, who was suspended for one game twice in 2017-18 for unsportsmanlike conduct while with the Calgary Flames. He was also fined last season for high adhesion John Klingberg from Dallas stars.

Tkachuk missed the Panthers’ 5-3 win at Anaheim Ducks Sunday. He will also miss the team’s home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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