The NHL’s Department of Player Safety handed down a two-game suspension to Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk for elbowing Drew Doughty “in a way that can not be considered inadvertant, reflexive or defensive.” In an interesting observation, the video cited Tkachuk removing his left hand from his stick in advance of throwing the elbow to support the verdict.
Via the NHL’s release, Tkachuk forfeits $10,277.78. That money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Doughty, on the Tkachuk hit: "He's a pretty dirty player, that kid." His quotes on the play at the end of the first period: pic.twitter.com/D1TIuogKPB
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 20, 2017
Two viewpoints in the wake of the incident: