The NHL has decided to suspend Toronto’s David Clarkson for two games over his headshot to St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka during
Sobotka didn’t sustain an injury as a result of the incident, but Clarkson is a repeat offender after being handed an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a 2013 preseason contest to join a fight.
This is the latest in a long line of suspensions for the Maple Leafs this season. In addition to Clarkson’s two suspensions, the NHL has also punished Dion Phaneuf (two games, boarding), arter Ashton (boarding, two games), Nazem Kadri (goalie interference, three games), and Phil Kessel (slashing, three games).
Clarkson will be eligible to return against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 17. He’ll also surrender $109,576.10 in salary, which brings his total losses to $378,806.90 for the 2013-14 campaign, according to Sportsnet’s David Alter.
He’s in the first season of a seven-year, $36.75 million contract.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger