Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev suspended two games for illegal hit | Agriculture


TAMPA, Fla. — Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was suspended two games Friday for his illegal 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 acquired a two-game suspension with out pay and was fined $48,000 — a complete decided by the league’s CBA based mostly on Sergachev’s wage — following a listening to with the NHL’s Player Safety Department.

He will miss the Lightning’s highway sport Saturday afternoon in Ottawa and Tuesday’s assembly towards the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena.

“It’s unfortunate news for him, for our team here, especially coming off a tough loss,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh mentioned Friday. “We want to bounce back. He’s a big part of our team, a huge part of our team back there.

“He plays a ton of minutes, but we’ll treat it like it’s an injury at this point. At least you know when he’s back. A lot of times with injuries, you don’t know. It’ll be two games, but our focus is on trying to find a way to win a game (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 illegal test 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 two penalties created a two-minute, 5-on-3 energy play within the last 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 enjoying time for different less-used defensemen like Jan Rutta (14:14), Andej Sustr (10:35) and Cal Foote (9:42 in two 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 received’t be prolonged extra, assistant coach Rob Zettler mentioned.

“I kind of like those guys at those minutes,” Zettler mentioned. “But maybe it gets to be a little bit of a stretch, and that’s asking a lot (to play them more).”

The Lightning additionally recalled defenseman Fredrik Claesson from AHL Syracuse on Friday for extra depth.

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