Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev suspended two games for hit to the head of the Leafs’ Mitch Marner
Tampa Bay defenceman Mikhail Sergachev has been tagged with a two-game suspension for his hit to the head on Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner during Thursday’s game in Toronto, the NHL department of player safety announced Friday afternoon.
Sergachev, who had a meeting with the department Friday, was given a minor penalty during the game for an illegal check to the head. Under terms of his suspension, Sergachev will forfeit $48,000 (U.S.) of his salary. He is in the first year of a three-year, $14.4-million contract that has an average annual value of $4.8 million.
In a video explanation, the department of player safety concluded Sergachev’s act hit was “an illegal hit to the head,” adding the Lightning blueliner used his shoulder and back to contact Marner’s jaw.
The department also concluded that the contact was avoidable.
Marner said Sergachev apologized for the hit. Leafs captain John Tavares rushed in to Marner’s defence after the hit, and after the game said “that’s the kind of hit we want out of our game.”