Kings ahead Brendan Lemieux will not skate for Los Angeles’ subsequent 5 matches.
Lemieux will sit out throughout a five-game suspension after he gnawed on Brady Tkachuk’s left hand throughout the Kings’ 4-2 victory on Saturday evening. He will even forfeit $38,750 in wage. He initially was assessed a match penalty and ejected from the matchup, however the NHL Division of Participant Security introduced the suspension and superb on Tuesday after additional evaluation.
The video evaluation reveals Lemieux participating with Tkachuk from the again. Then, the 2 go right down to wrestle on the ice. The digital camera angle reveals Tkachuk’s fingers getting caught in Lemieux’s face earlier than they had been forcibly separated by officers.
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Though Tkachuk bought up and defined to officers that Lemieux bit him — he even confirmed off his bloodied proper hand — the NHL defined that the suspension was a results of the primary chunk to Tkachuk’s left hand as they fell to the ice.
“This isn’t a hockey play,” the NHL stated throughout the video evaluation. “It is a participant delivering a forceful, intentional and probably harmful chunk to the hand of one other participant with enough drive to puncture the pores and skin. Such actions won’t be tolerated.”
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The suspension — this time for biting — marks Lemieux’s third of his profession. He was most lately suspended for 2 video games in 2020 for an unlawful examine on Avalanche ahead Joonas Donskoi. He was additionally suspended for 2 video games in 2018 for an unlawful examine to the pinnacle of then-Panthers ahead Vincent Trocheck.
Lemieux has performed in 14 video games this season after being traded to Los Angeles from the Rangers on March 27. He totals 4 objectives with an help and 5 factors.
Tkachuk is probably going nonetheless sad with the Kings ahead. After the Kings defeated the Senators at residence on Saturday evening, Tkachuk shared his ideas on the incident. He ranted, shared a wide range of insults and stated, “Children do not even try this anymore. Infants try this,” per Ottawa Solar columnist Bruce Garrioch.