Earlier today, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik was given a meeting with the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety regarding a hit that was made against Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. NHL.com is reporting that Panik will be suspended for a total of 2 games.
As we told you earlier, at 16:31 in the second period, Panik hit Alzner from behind. Alzner was already slightly off keel to begin with, but continued to play the puck. Once he was hit by Panik, he fell forward and ended up slamming into the boards.
Alzner remained on the ice for a few moments, but was able to return to the game in the third period.
Rule 41.1 reads like this:
A Boarding Penalty shall be imposed on any player who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously.
The NHL Department of Player Safety believes that this is the case in this incident, and as such, the suspension was assessed.
According to NHL.com, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Panik will forfeit $7,589.74. The money from this will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here is the video from the NHL Department of Player Safety explaining their decision.
This means that Panik will not be eligible to play in tomorrow night’s game at home against the Detroit Red Wings or on Saturday on the road against the New Jersey Devils. He could indeed return against the Red Wings on Sunday in Detroit.
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