The Calgary Flames will be without forward Matthew Tkachuk for a couple of games after elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.
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Tkachuk was behind the Kings’ net Sunday night when the puck rimmed around the boards toward him. Doughty moved from in front of the net to try to get the puck before Tkachuk, who pre-emptively threw his elbow up and into Doughty’s jaw.
In a video posted to the NHL’s website, the league pointed out that players with the puck can initiate contact with their opponents, including their elbow, but hitting a player in the face is never allowed.
Tkachuk will miss Calgary’s upcoming games against Washington on Tuesday and Nashville on Thursday, while he will also forfeit $10,277.78 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, based on his average annual salary.
The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.