Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been suspended four games for an “excessively low” hit on Stars forward Tyler Seguin during Friday’s game in Dallas.
In reviewing the video, the NHL deemed that Kulikov “bends severely at the waist and throws his body across Seguin’s knees, flipping Seguin dangerously to the ice and causing a significant knee injury. This is clipping.”
Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has a phone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday morning and Dallas Stars’ head coach Lindy Ruff hopes the league will send a message.
Kulikov was assessed a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct for his hit on Stars’ forward Tyler Seguin on Friday night.
Kulikov, who has not been suspended previously, was offered an in-person hearing on Saturday, but declined. Since he was offered an in-person meeting, he is eligible to be suspended for more than five games.
“It’s a play that I don’t like,” said Ruff per The Dallas Morning News. “It’s a dirty, low play that the league doesn’t like, and I want to see the league deal with it. They took out one of the best players in the league, and it’s something that has to be dealt with and I’ll let them deal with it.”
Roberto Luongo made 14 first period saves to keep things scoreless after 20 minutes between the Blues and Panthers in Florida tonight.
His biggest save came 5:45 into the first period when he robbed David Backes of a sure goal. The Blues captain had a wide open net, but Luongo managed to get enough of the puck with his glove to keep it out.
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t have felt great about their slim playoff hopes when Steve Mason went down with his knee injury. For better or worse, it’s on Ray Emery, and Sunday is the kind of game he has to win.
Since taking over for Mason in February, Emery’s gone 1-0-2. The 30-year-old’s overall numbers aren’t much to brag about (9-9-3 with a .890 save percentage), but this stretch will probably make a big impact on how the league views the pugnacious puck-stopper going forward.
On the Buffalo side, Michal Neuvirth gets a chance to stretch his legs in the Sabres’ net with Jhonas Enroth shipped off to Dallas.
The situations are quite different, yet both netminders have plenty to prove today.
Blues at Panthers: Brian Elliott vs. Roberto Luongo
Lightning at Sharks: Expected starters are Ben Bishop against Antti Niemi
Capitals at Ducks: Expected starters are Justin Peters vs. John Gibson