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Flames ‘disappointed’ with Tkachuk’s suspension

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Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk was suspended two games on Monday for an elbowing incident against the Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Sunday night.

On Tuesday, the Flames issued a brief statement from general manager Brad Treliving regarding the suspension.

“While we are disappointed with the League’s verdict, we nonetheless respect the process and that the League has issued its ruling,” said Treliving. “Both the Flames and Matthew accept the decision. Our sole focus now is on preparing for our game tonight in Washington, while Matthew will spend the next few days getting ready to return to the line-up on Saturday in St. Louis.”

The incident happened late in the first period of the Flames’ 5-2 win. Doughty was extremely critical of Tkachuk following the game on Sunday, saying “he’s a pretty dirty player, that kid.”

Flames coach Glen Gulutzan thought the play appeared to be a “reverse hit.”

Tkachuk, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft, has been one of the top rookies in the NHL this season with 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 68 games with the Flames. He has been a big part of the Flames’ bounce back season that has them in a position to return to the playoffs. They are 14-2-1 in their past 17 games and have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past month.

Matthew Tkachuk suspended two games for elbowing Drew Doughty

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The NHL suspended Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk two games for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

The “reckless nature” of the elbow justified the Department of Player Safety’s decision to make this more than an in-game punishment.

Interestingly, the league didn’t mention an injury (or lack of injury) as a factor in the suspension:

The Flames lose Tkachuk for road games against the Capitals on Tuesday and Predators on Thursday. He can next play in Saturday’s away contest against the St. Louis Blues.

The suspension will set the rookie back $10,277.78.

Video: Should Tkachuk be suspended for elbow on Doughty?

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There’s no denying that Drew Doughty believes that Matthew Tkachuk‘s elbow from Sunday was dirty (and that Keith’s son is a “pretty dirty player” in general). What should the league do about it, though?

Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports that the phone hearing concluded on Monday, though it’s unclear when the NHL will actually announce a decision.

Brian Boucher and Keith Jones discusses what kind of punishment – if any – is warranted for the Calgary Flames forward’s hit on the Los Angeles Kings defenseman. You can watch it in the video above this post’s headline.

Tkachuk to have hearing for Doughty elbow

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Matthew Tkachuk has been toeing the disciplinary line for most of his rookie campaign.

Now it appears he’s crossed it.

On Monday, the Department of Player Safety announced Tkachuk would have a hearing for his elbow on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in Calgary’s 5-2 win on Sunday night.

The incident occurred late in the first period behind the goal line, as Doughty went to check Tkachuk, who, with his back turned to the Kings defender, threw up the left elbow, sending Doughty to the ice.

After slowly getting to his feet, Doughty did return in the second period.

Tkachuk wasn’t penalized for the hit, but did receive a roughing minor after being confronted by L.A. blueliner Derek Forbort.

Following the game, Doughty was steamed.

“He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid,” said Doughty, per LA Kings Insider. “To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to really say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.”

When asked about the incident, Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan naturally said he hadn’t seen a replay, but from the bench, it appeared to be what he called a “reverse hit.”

As mentioned above, Tkachuk has been a polarizing figure in his first NHL campaign. He ran wild in an early-season game against Edmonton — one of his first introductions to the rest of the league — and, in January, was accused of slew-footing in a loss to Toronto.

Tkachuk is a ‘pretty dirty player,’ says Doughty

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The Kings lost to the Calgary Flames on Sunday, a result that is another hit to L.A.’s chances for a playoff berth.

Jonathan Quick was pulled midway through the first period after giving up a pair of goals on just seven shots and the Kings were sloppy with the puck in a 5-2 defeat.

However, one of the bigger stories to emerge from this game was an elbow thrown by Calgary rookie forward Matthew Tkachuk on Kings’ veteran defenseman Drew Doughty late in the first period.

Doughty was hurt on the play but did remain in the game.

So far, the league’s Department of Player Safety hasn’t made any announcement about any potential hearings, however Doughty certainly expressed his opinion of Tkachuk afterward.

“He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid,” said Doughty, per LA Kings Insider.

“To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to really say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.”

When asked about the incident, Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan naturally said he hadn’t seen a replay, but from the bench, it appeared to be what he called a “reverse hit.”

There was no call for the elbow, although Tkachuk and Derek Forbort were given roughing minors for the ensuing scrum.

Meanwhile, the Kings remain six points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference — with only 11 games remaining on their schedule.