Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was suspended two video games Friday for his unlawful hit to the pinnacle of Toronto’s Mitch Marner within the first interval of Thursday’s 2-1 time beyond regulation loss to the Maple Leafs.
Sergachev obtained a two-game suspension with out pay and was fined $48,000 — a complete decided by the league’s CBA primarily based on Sergachev’s wage — following a listening to with the NHL’s Participant Security Division.
He’ll miss the Lightning’s street recreation Saturday afternoon in Ottawa and Tuesday’s assembly in opposition to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Area.
“It’s unlucky information for him, for our workforce right here, particularly coming off a tricky loss,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh stated Friday. “We wish to bounce again. He’s a giant a part of our workforce, an enormous a part of our workforce again there.
“He performs a ton of minutes, however we’ll deal with it prefer it’s an damage at this level. No less than when he’s again. Loads of instances with accidents, you don’t know. It’ll be two video games, however our focus is on looking for a strategy to win a recreation (Saturday).”
On the play main as much as the hit, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman misplaced the puck to Marner within the impartial zone and was known as for hooking Marner as he closed in on the Tampa Bay internet. After that decision had been made, Sergachev threw his shoulder into the aspect of Marner’s head as he skated by, drawing an unlawful verify to the pinnacle penalty and elevating the ire of the Leafs.
Angered by the hit, the Leafs instantly went after Sergachev following the whistle, a scrum led by captain John Tavares.
The 2 penalties created a two-minute, 5-on-3 energy play within the closing minutes of the interval, however the Lightning killed off the penalties, taking a 1-0 lead into the primary intermission.
The absence of Sergachev, who ranks third on the Lightning with a mean ice time of twenty-two:12, will imply extra taking part in time for different less-used defensemen like Jan Rutta (14:14), Andej Sustr (10:35) and Cal Foote (9:42 in two video games since getting back from damage). Hedman (25:24), McDonagh (22:47) and Erik Cernak (21:20) are all averaging greater than 21 minutes and sure gained’t be prolonged extra, assistant coach Rob Zettler stated.
“I form of like these guys at these minutes,” Zettler stated. “However possibly it will get to be somewhat little bit of a stretch, and that’s asking quite a bit (to play them extra).”
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