The NHL announced on Friday that it has suspended Colorado Avalanche left winger and captain Gabriel Landeskog for two games following his hit on Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Thursday night.
Coming in from the blindside, Landeskog made contact with the head of Marchand after the Bruin snapped a wrister toward the Avalanche goal. The NHL offered a look at the incident:
Landeskog was fined $59,907.84 for the hit, and the money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, per the NHL. Landeskog has yet to comment on the suspension.
Marchand, who didn't suffer an injury, spoke with Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald after Thursday night's game:
I didn’t really see him coming.
I knew I got hit in the head and all I was really concerned about was making sure I was OK. That was it.
Any time you get hit in the head, you’re a little concerned — especially (since) I got a concussion a couple of weeks back. So I was definitely nervous; I’m happy I’m OK.
Things happen quick. I know that. I’ve been there. I’m sure he didn’t mean it. I don’t think he’s a dirty player. It’s hockey. It is what it is.
The 23-year-old Landeskog recorded 12 points in his first 16 games, and his Avalanche are off to a 6-9-1 start—dead last in the Western Conference Central Division.
Second-line winger Blake Comeau, who recently played on a first line with Sidney Crosby on the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, could make the jump into Landeskog's spot while he serves his suspension.
Stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com