The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira two games for a retaliatory cross-check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn.
Dunn, meanwhile, was fined the CBA maximum ($1,942.20) for delivering the original, more garden-variety cross-check after a legal hit by Khaira.
Khaira was ejected from the game, which the Blues won 4-1 on Tuesday.
This is Khaira’s first suspension in the NHL, which is part of the league’s explanation, which also includes some interesting “two wrongs don’t make a right” sort of language about the retaliation:
Khaira isn’t a big name for the Oilers, yet he’s one of the organization’s rare non-lottery draft finds, as he’s been a decent-enough roster player as a third-round pick (63rd overall in 2012). He was heating up, too, with three of his season’s 13 points coming in the past four games.