Dallas forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended two games for cross-checking Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night, the NHL announced.
“Roussel’s cross-check can neither be classified as reflexive nor defensive. The players square off and face each other well in advance of Roussel’s stick striking McQuaid, and Roussel can see that McQuaid has dropped his stick,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What’s more, rather than simply raising his stick to block an anticipated blow from McQuaid, Roussel drives it forward and into McQuaid.
“This action is proactive, not reactive.”
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As the video shows, Roussel’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this punishment. He was fined by the Department of Player Safety earlier this season for sucker-punching San Jose defenseman Justin Braun.
As a result of the suspension, Roussel will miss Dallas’ next two games — tonight versus Florida, Saturday in Colorado — and eligible to return for a Feb. 17 date in St. Louis against the Blues. He will also forfeit $21,505.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Jay Beagle scored twice and set up Joel Ward’s overtime-winner as the Washington Capitals edged the San Jose Sharks 5-4 Wednesday night.
Beagle now has as many points this season (17) as he did in the past two seasons combined.
With the loss the Sharks picked up just one of a possible six points on their three-game home stand. Washington has now won four of five.
Troy Brouwer and John Carlson had the other Caps goals.
Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Orpik each had two assists and Braden Holtby made 26 saves in the win.
Brent Burns scored twice in a 22-second span of the second period while Logan Couture and Joe Thornton had the other Sharks goals. Couture also had an assist in the loss passing Dan Boyle for 10th spot on the Sharks’ all-time points list (270).
Patrick Marleu and Matt Nieto each had two assists for the Sharks.
Antti Niemi made 28 saves in the loss.
San Jose won the only other meeting between the two clubs 6-5 in a shootout on Oct. 14.
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns scored twice in a 22-second span of the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Burns entered tonight’s contest with a goal and two assists in his last three games.
The 29-year-old is now tied for second among defensemen in goals (14) and points (42).
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who announced his retirement from the game on Wednesday, dropped the puck in a ceremonial face-off prior to the Caps-Sharks game tonight at the SAP Center.
The 39-year-old is San Jose’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (430) and wins (293).
The Washington Capitals will look to get back into the win column Wednesday night when they visit the San Jose Sharks in the second game of the double-header on NBCSN.
The Caps had their three-game winning streak snapped Sunday night in Philadelphia.
San Jose enters the game looking to avoid a third straight loss. The Sharks have lost back-to-back games and four of five.
Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the two clubs. San Jose won the last meting 6-5 in a shootout on Oct. 14.
Puck drop is at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also stream it on NBC Sports Live Extra.
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